In a major cross-sector, cross-regional collaborative effort, Mersey Maritime and innogy Renewables UK are pleased to announce their partnership to promote the ‘Offshore Energy Alliance’ (OEA). The OEA is the North West and North Wales (NWNW) region’s newly created supply chain cluster, that will provide support for offshore and energy related businesses and activities.
The cluster’s delivery is linked directly to commitments set out in the ’Offshore Wind Sector Deal’ and ‘Maritime 2050: Navigating the Future’ strategies, both of which were launched earlier this year. The cluster and its planned activities aim to further increase benefits to coastal communities by providing support for local businesses, raising awareness of upcoming opportunities in the sector, facilitating forums and networking events in offshore, low carbon and energy-related matters and helping to further innovation, skills and diversity efforts amongst the industries.
During national ‘Offshore Wind Week’, a local launch event for the Offshore Energy Alliance will take place on Monday 18 November at the Birkenhead base of Mersey Maritime, click here to register to attend
Commenting, Chief Executive of Mersey Chris Shirling-Rooke said:
“Mersey Maritime is the award winning regional cluster organisation for the maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region, with seventeen years of experience in building collaboration between key partners and seizing opportunities to drive forward innovative projects. The need for transformative environmental initiatives is essential as we rise to the challenge of a low-carbon, low-cost energy sector which our members tell us is a key priority for them. Representing the whole maritime sector in the region, of which offshore is a key sub-sector, we are well placed to offer support to this new cluster.“
“We are delighted to partner with innogy on this exciting venture where we will bring our experience to bear in cluster working to champion the offshore energy industry as the UK maximises the opportunity of a global shift to clean growth. Powering up our Coastal Powerhouse communities is all about taking advantage of opportunities for growth that are right on our doorstep which this opportunity certainly is!”
Richard Sandford, Director of Offshore Investment & Asset Management at Innogy, said:
“This cross-sectoral, cross-regional effort to bring the local supply chain together across the North West and North Wales (NWNW) region directly showcases the offshore wind industry’s efforts to deliver on the Sector Deal commitments. We are delighted to be joining forces with Mersey Maritime as an existing lead cluster organisation and to be working with other key organisations across the region to help deliver increased benefits to coastal communities .”
“The NWNW region hosts around one third of the UK’s Offshore Wind capacity from North Wales to Cumbria, which includes innogy’s Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm. This means it already has much to offer for the future of offshore wind and the broader offshore sector, which we know is only set to grow. The establishment of the OEA will help capture the existing and upcoming benefits from a range of offshore activities across the regions involved in a collaborative way.”