Offshore Wind Connections generates more business backing

Mark O'Reilly One of the offshore wind industry's main events of the year is winning extra business support.

One of the offshore wind industry’s main events of the year is winning extra business support.

Offshore Wind Connections 2015, billed as the ‘must attend’ event for everyone interested in this fast growing market, takes place at The Spa Bridlington on June 4, the day before the Yorkshire International Business Convention.

The Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) organisers have already announced three lead sponsors: Able UK (diamond) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (platinum) and Siemens (gold).

They have now been joined by five more Humber-based lead sponsors: ABP, Andrew Jackson Solicitors, Mapa PR, Myton Law, and Point Engineering.

Mark O’Reilly, THMA’s CEO, said it would be a landmark conference for the region.

We have attracted some of the biggest players in the industry and we have delegates from all over the UK and Europe with more than half coming to the event from outside the region.

The conference provides an opportunity to get updates on where the key investments are going to be and gain an understanding of where the supply chain opportunities are right now and in the future.

Discussion will take place on a broad range of subjects including new port developments, offshore vessels, operation and maintenance and innovation. Delegates will also hear from local companies that have had some success in the industry assisted by the Green Port Growth business support programme.

Finbarr Dowling, project director at Siemens, said:

The excitement and anticipation regarding the opportunities for the Humber area from the Offshore Wind industry has been long running. These aspirations are now crystallising, and our facilities in Hull are a manifestation of that potential.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share an update from Alexandra Dock with other industry participants on the day.

Catherine Ackroyd, director at Mapa PR, said:

Supporting Offshore Wind Connections 2015 is very important for us and reflects our increasing client base in the offshore wind supply chain.

This conference is helping to put an international spotlight on the importance of the Humber in the development of the sector and is attracting delegates from around the UK. We are very pleased to be part of it.

In a further boost for the conference, Denmark’s largest energy company, Dong Energy, has stressed the importance of the Humber to its operations.

One of the conference key note speakers, Joachim Steenstrup, head of Dong’s strategic supply chain, said:

The Humber region is one of our main hubs in UK. It is a natural part of our strategy to be part of the community wherever our projects are located.

This of course means we gladly participate and contribute to events, projects and other activities in the community.

We have learned through the years that what benefits the community often also benefits DONG Energy and our suppliers.

Other confirmed speakers are: Tarald Gjerde, Forewind; Finbarr Dowling, Siemens; Neil Etherington, Able UK; Andy Reay and Jens Neilsen, A2SEA; Jon Beresford, Eon; Lyall Smith, ESVAGT; Alex Gauntt, SIEM Offshore, Tony Lyon, Centrica Energy, Morten Basse, Offshore Denmark, and Dr Alan Lowdon, Greenport Hull.

Mr O’Reilly added that the conference would end with a garden party and BBQ in the evening at Sewerby Hall.

Overlooking the North Sea it will provide a perfect finale to the conference programme and will be a great networking opportunity leading nicely into YIBC the next day.