Amsterdam Ijmuiden Offshore Ports AYOP, East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), North Sea Energy Gateway Den Helder NSEG and Team Humber Marine Alliance have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation during the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) in Amsterdam.
The co-operation is branded under the name ‘Southern North Sea Energy Alliance SNSEA’.
The MoU is said to provide a framework to pursue closer working relations on promoting the Southern North Sea regions as an offshore and marine energy hub and to foster joint projects between the parties and their members and stakeholders.
The four parties seek opportunities for collaboration and joint marketing with the purpose to promote formal and informal co-operation between their members and stakeholders, with the aim of bringing more business, investments and employment to the regions involved and bridging knowledge, innovation and competencies.
The four regions are neighbouring the Southern North Sea. Each of the four parties represents the offshore energy economic ecosystem in their region. Members and stakeholders of the four parties are commercial and non-profit companies in the supply chain, educational institutions, research institutes and organisations and governmental bodies. The collaboration has the prime purpose of supporting the members of each organisation.
“The Southern North Sea is hugely significant in terms of existing and planned offshore wind farms, but we are also saying it could become the innovative ‘energy garden’ or ‘living field lab’ of Western Europe due to a high concentration of oil and gas assets which will be decommissioned or abandoned over the next decade along with the great potential for carbon capture and storage, wave & tidal, energy transmission & storage and other emerging technologies,” Mark O’Reilly, Team Humber Marine Alliance chief executive, said.