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Collaboration key to wind investment in East of England


Unique business and political collaboration is key to keeping the East of England at the forefront of offshore wind investors’ minds.


Two established energy ports with a 50- year history of servicing the Southern North Sea for gas & oil production, the region’s proximity to SNS activity, land availability, infrastructure, an established energy workforce and developed energy community ‘mentality’ all make for the East of England being a clear choice for new wind farms.


Making the region even more attractive, by providing investors with detailed information and strong community support is the ethos of the innovative partnership within East of England Energy Zone (EEEZ), its Director, James Gray, argues.


JOINED UP THINKING


Competition across Norfolk and Suffolk has been pushed aside for the future prosperity of the area by a consortium of county, district and borough councils, chambers of commerce and the region’s energy industry body working together with the ‘joined up thinking’ needed to sell the area as the obvious site for offshore wind development, manufacturing and maintenance.


IMPRESSIVE INDUSTRY SUPPORT James works with offshore wind market leaders, all of which have visited the area and are impressed by the partnership and the access it delivers.


“I don’t believe this level of business and political support is being delivered anywhere else in the UK. It is practical and essential support,” said James.


“What the market leaders and key suppliers like about us is that they can get the information they need from one place and they are assured of local support.


RAPID RESPONSE AND ACTION “We recently sent a 60-page document to an offshore wind market leader within a couple of weeks responding to their questions and detailing all the workforce data, including travel to work data, how many semi-skilled people live within 30 to 45 minutes of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, land availability, Enterprise Zone and Assisted Area incentives and infrastructure.


“We also provided detailed information on the local supply chain, everything from local engineering companies to executive recruitment professionals” James continued.


The business and political leaders who drive the EEEZ consortium see this as a massive opportunity for the region and recognise the crucial role Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft have played in the offshore gas industry.


OIL & GAS DEVELOPMENT HISTORY “If you look back 50 years at the development of oil & gas in our region, it wasn’t a smooth process. Those behind oil and gas were major multi-nationals just as the companies leading the development of offshore wind are large companies like Statkraft, SSE, Scottish Power and Iberdrola, all of whom are already committed to our area.” James concluded.


EEEZ (East of England Energy Zone)


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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