Local businesses reap windfarm benefit
Once the excitement of announcing a major investment in the form of an offshore windfarm has died down, the question that has to be asked is, “Will this create jobs in the local area and what will it do for the local economy?”
In an attempt to answer these questions Marine South East has been working to identify the opportunities for businesses as a result of the windfarms which will be constructed off the South Coast of the UK.
Initially the research focused on the structure of the supply chain and identified the products and services used in both the construction and the operations/maintenance of a typical windfarm both onshore and offshore. This work revealed that more than 650 individual products and services are procured during construction, from turbines to portacabins, many of which can come from local suppliers.
Recent events, organised by Marine South East, in Shoreham, Newhaven and Chichester to raise awareness about these opportunities attracted an audience of more than 180 and presentations were made by E.On about the status of the Rampion Wind Farm, by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) about the support available to help businesses reduce costs by becoming more efficient, and by Bid Perfect about how to write winning bids. Feedback from the events and the initiative taken by Marine South East to help local businesses has been very positive.
Marine South East is now working with the University of Chichester to identify businesses that have existing or potential capacity to supply products/services, ensure that they are kept informed about tender opportunities and are qualified to tender once the procurement process begins. This information will be used to create an online database to help developers identify suppliers and help suppliers to understand where their products fit in to the supply chain. Meet the Buyer events will be arranged at a future date for local businesses to present their products and services to Tier 1 contractors.
It is important to understand that windfarms are licensed for 50 years and will create sustainable jobs for several generations of local people in the operations and maintenance phase. During this time, the need to improve efficiency and reduce costs will drive innovation for this global market and create opportunities for businesses that are involved.
Anyone interested in supplying products or services can email Richard Barron at email@example.com and register at www.marinesoutheast.co.uk for details of events that are planned in the area.
Richard Barron is a project manager with Marine South East and has been encouraging local supply chains and local employment for offshore windfarms since becoming involved with Thanet Offshore and London Array on the Kent Coast.
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