UK: Energi Coast Expands Expertise in Offshore Renewables Supply Chain

UK: Energi Coast Expands Expertise in Offshore Renewables Supply Chain

Energi Coast, North East England’s Renewables Group, has welcomed five new industry specialists to its steering group.

The individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise from the global energy industry supply chain to the group. They will support Energi Coast’s activities to raise awareness of the region’s innovative and integrated offshore renewables supply chain.

The latest companies to join the Steering Group are:

• Gareth Ellery, Cathie Associates Ltd, based in Newcastle. Cathie Associates provides geotechnical engineering consultancy services to the energy industries and uses appropriate offshore oil and gas engineering practice within the renewable energy sector.

• Chris Jones, IHC Engineering Business based in Stocksfield Hall, Northumberland with facilities in Middlesbrough and South Shields. IHC Engineering Business delivers bespoke engineering solutions for complex offshore applications, working with clients across the offshore oil and gas, submarine telecoms and renewable offshore power industries.

• Dr Tony Trapp, OSBIT Power Limited, based in Northumberland. OSIT Power provides innovative engineering solutions in many offshore markets with particular emphasis on offshore wind.

• Jim Pyrah, Senergy Survey and GeoEngineering Ltd, based in Newcastle. Senergy Survey and GeoEngineering Ltd is an international solutions provider with experience in all aspects of renewable power, including on and offshore wind.

• Dominic Abraham, Sure Wind Marine, based in Corbridge, Northumberland. Sure Wind Marine owns and operates safe, reliable vessels for the offshore wind industry.

These companies are part of North East England’s expanding offshore renewable supply chain, which offer a growing portfolio of specialist products and services to the global renewables industry.

Energi Coast’s Steering Group alone has invested around £400m in their offshore renewables activities and have a combined turnover of £200m in offshore wind. The group forecasts the turnover of their operations in this sector will double as the offshore renewables market expands further.

North East England is an excellent position to support upcoming projects, particularly those in the vicinity of the region, Humber Gateway, Westermost Rough and Race Bank.

In addition, the region’s supply chain, through its experience and reputation in other areas of the global energy sectors, such as oil & gas, is perfectly placed to serve European markets as well as those further afield.

Alex Dawson, Chairman of Energi Coast, said: “The strength of North East England’s offshore wind supply chain is growing rapidly and the experience the new members of the steering group bring to Energi Coast will further enhance our reputation in the UK and internationally.

“As well as possessing valuable individual experience in the offshore industry, each company on the steering group represents North East England’s overall innovative offering to the offshore wind sector, demonstrating the region’s increasing presence in the market.” 

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Offshore WIND staff, July 12, 2012; Image: Energi Coast

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