‘Landmark’ offshore wind deal set to boost Yorkshire’s coastal communities

Christopher Davidson
March 10, 2019

A new UK Government-pledged deal for the offshore wind industry could swell the number of north-east jobs in the sector.

"It would also ensure that offshore oil and gas workers' with the industry standard OPITO qualifications will be allowed to transfer between sectors free from the barriers unilaterally imposed by the Global Wind Organisation". "This investment will allow our world-leading expertise to be shared globally to encourage developing countries to move away from dirty coal power and embrace renewable energy, growing their economies".

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Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour's Shadow Business, Environment and Energy Secretary, said: "As green groups slam the deal as woeful, industry groups say they could deliver so much more and trade unions express concern over UK-based jobs and working conditions, there is one question for the government: why is its response so lacklustre when faced with the greatest challenge faced by any generation?"

Offshore wind now provides just over 7% of Britain's power, but the government wants that increased to more than 30% by 2030.

The sector will deliver total infrastructure investments of over US$52.5 billion (£40 billion) by 2030, based on the sector's estimates, according to the deal.

"The next generation of offshore wind projects will come on-stream in the late 2020s and early 2030s - when the targets in this deal are set to be met - which makes it a vital time for government and industry alike to have published this joint outlook on the future of the industry", he said.

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ScottishPower chief executive Keith Anderson said: "We have a fantastic supply chain already in place in the United Kingdom, from businesses in and around East Anglia to across England, across Scotland as well as Northern Ireland".

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"Companies are burgeoning in clusters, creating new centres of excellence in this clean growth boom", he said.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, General Electric Company, Nordex SE, Senvion SA, Suzlon Energy Ltd, Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co.

And industry-body RenewableUK said the deal was about creating opportunities for the people who would be part of the 27,000 workforce. The Sector Deal's not only a great example for the visibility it gives on future offshore wind volumes, but also for the model of government and industry collaboration that it provides with the government committing to volumes and industry to funding the required innovation. "We also strongly support the commitment to boosting diversity and will continue to play our part in helping industry attract more women and BAME groups to pursue careers in this exciting sector".

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary, said: "Trade unions are all about jobs, so any initiative that leads to more work, particularly for women who are now underrepresented in the energy sector, is welcome". It means the government's latest offshore wind target of 30 gigawatts by 2030 is woefully inadequate.

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