East of England Energy Group – Humber Revisited: Market Opportunities

The East Coast Powerhouse

Service Offer for SNS and CNS Offshore Wind Developments

In July 2018 the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and Team Humber Marine Alliance (TMHA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Amsterdam. This was to help members of both organisations gain maximum advantage of huge opportunities as North Sea wind energy development continues to gather force.

The mature skills and expertise offering the Humber and East Anglia regions form part of an ‘East Coast Powerhouse’ working together to provide cost-effective service offerings to Offshore Wind Developments in SNS/CNS. Historically we have offered project support through planning, construction and operations & maintenance phases.

Project pipeline
The project pipeline includes Dogger Bank, Hornsea, Triton Knoll, East Anglia One, East Anglia One North, Norfolk Boreas, Norfolk Vanguard, plus extensions of existing regional offshore wind developments. Service companies operating in the East Coast Corridor are well placed to realise and achieve this monumental engineering feat, constituting a revolutionary epoch in energy transition.

Eventually the lessons learned from reuse and decommissioning of gas platforms in the SNS and CNS will provide a rubric for late life asset management, repower and decommissioning of offshore windfarms. Earlier developments such as Scroby Sands, Lynn and Inner Dowsing will benefit from this knowledge capital.

Infrastructure benefits
Both regions benefit from infrastructure including the regional airports of Norwich and Hull, and major multimodal ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Harwich. EEEGR, THMA and their regional associates also realise the need for skills and innovation development to drive down costs. These aspects are addressed through initiatives such as Skills for Energy, Project Aura, SCORE and regional incubators, with ORE Catapult providing an innovation testing facility at Blyth.

In October 2018 EEEGR and TMHA will also strengthen ties with the ports of Amsterdam Ijmuiden and the North Sea Gateway (Den Helder) to share knowledge across the Southern North Sea basin. The port capacity and marine operations required to support our CNS/SNS basin developments long term will likely be provided by both the East Coast Corridor of the UK and the West Coast Corridor of the Netherlands. Through collaboration we can all contribute to a successful energy transition in the SNS and CNS.

East of England Energy Group

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