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DENMARK & THE HUMBER


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CLOSER COOPERATION BENEFITS UK AND DENMARK


Continuing expansion of cooperation between British and Danish offshore wind companies is set to benefit both countries’ home and export markets.


There is a wealth of offshore wind expertise in the UK and Denmark – both countries pioneering the offshore wind energy industry. Offshore wind companies in both countries regard the North Sea not only as a logical home market, but also as the ideal hunting ground, in which to seek out inspiring and innovative partners. In recent years, there has been a flux of products, skills, solutions and partnerships across the North Sea.


REINFORCED CONNECTIONS


Connections across the North Sea are now reinforced. Recently a delegation of members of Offshoreenergy.dk, the Danish national offshore cluster organisation and innovation network, will paid a visit to the Humber region of England. Companies in the Danish value chain visited the offshore O&M port at Grimsby and networked with key people and potential partners in the UK offshore wind industry.


One of the delegate companies is Stennevad A/S, fall protection specialists who work for clients on both sides of the North Sea. “We’re here to nurture relationships.


We also hope to meet new customers and establish new partnerships. We


offer logistics, services and know-how and we can work in any part of the value chain,” commented Product & Key Account Manager, Kim Vittrup.


PARTNERSHIP


The visit is a spin-off from the partnership between Offshoreenergy.dk and Team Humber Marine Alliance. It builds on comprehensive pre-existing partnerships between the two organisations and between their members. “The Danish and UK offshore wind companies have many strengths and are, in many ways, an excellent match.” said Mikkel Juul, Head of Internationalisation at Offshoreenergy.dk. “Closer cooperation will be beneficial to everyone. It will weld the joins in the value chain and enable the partners to bid together for contracts more often,” he added.


EUROPEAN ATTENTION


The potential inherent in inter-regional partnership has also attracted European attention. An Interreg-subsidised project is


providing EUR 5.6 million to strengthen regional cooperation between Danish, British, German, Dutch and Belgian offshore wind SMEs across the North Sea.


IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A FLUX OF PRODUCTS, SKILLS, SOLUTIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS THE NORTH SEA.


“Many of the major players are already active at the inter-regional level but there is also good potential for partnerships between SMEs. A stronger network of contacts is an encouraging prospect for many smaller companies.” concluded Mikkel.


OPPORTUNITIES


Mark O’Reilly, CEO & Chairman of Team Humber Marine Alliance commenting on the opportunities for Danish offshore wind companies in the UK stated “The best strategy for delegates is to develop relationships with local companies to leverage opportunities for the benefit of both parties.”


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