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Alun Roberts will be opening the Offshore Wind North East conference with a presentation giving an update on current UK offshore wind projects.

Offshore wind already contributes 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity and supports around 15,000 jobs. Here in the UK, the aim is to source 15 per cent of our energy from renewables by 2020 and by the end of this decade the UK’s offshore wind sector is expected to have doubled in size.

The UK supply chain is well placed to take advantage of its 50 years of offshore oil & gas expertise to do business in the offshore wind sector. Many members are now doing well in the sector and recently we have seen a flurry of activity with regards to projects moving forward.

Offshore Wind North East will hear from some of the key clients involved in the sector and how as an energy sector supplier you could tap into new business. The event will also provide an update on the UK and Global offshore wind sector in general with the opportunity to meet with the Energi Coast Group, the North East of England’s Offshore Renewables Supply Chain.

The programme for Offshore Wind North East in full is:

Wednesday 16th November
Networking Reception: 18.00-20.30

Thursday 17th November
Conference & Exhibition: 07.45-16.00
07.45: Delegates register
Networking in the exhibition area
08.30: Welcome and introduction to Energi Coast: Alan Lowdon, Chair of the Advisory Board, Durham Energy Institute and Board Director of NOF Energy
08.40: Update on UK offshore wind farm projects: Alun Roberts, Director, BVG Associates
09.10: Client presentation Dong Energy: Klaus Skoust Møller, Programme Director for Race Bank
09.40: Client presentation Siemens Wind Power: Paul Savvides, Head of Procurement
10.10: Networking Break
Networking in the exhibition area
11.00: Client presentation EDF Energy Renewables: Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Project
11.30: Client presentation – (TBC)
12.00: Why collaboration and innovation is important in the offshore wind sector: James Ritchie, Tekmar
12.30: The global offshore wind market – where are the opportunities for the UK supply Chain:     James Beal, COO Offshore Wind Department for International Trade (DIT)
13.00: Closing remarks
13.10: Networking over lunch
Networking in the exhibition area
14.00: One to ones with speakers or networking / exhibition open
16.00: Event close