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There are no local content requirements in offshore wind tenders in the Netherlands because the Dutch government sees competition as key to achieving cost reductions, Ruud de Bruijne, Project Manager Offshore Wind Energy at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) said during the Offshore WIND Conference in Amsterdam.
Turnkey solution approach is one of the ways the power cable industry can help the offshore wind industry achieve further cost reductions, Leo van der Pols, Business and Sales Development, NKT, said.
Being a more nascent technology compared to fixed offshore wind, floating wind needs different kind of backing. In the long term, it will be able to compete with fixed offshore wind and other energy technologies, however, until that time the technology needs some additional support.
An Iberdrola-led industry based consortium has launched the ROMEO project aimed at reducing offshore wind O&M costs.