The Evening Chronicle story “Struggling offshore firms can learn from wind industry, Durham event hears” features the view of Alun Roberts, following his presentation at Offshore Wind North East event organised by NOF Energy.
The article quotes Alun as saying: “Many North East oil and gas technology firms, such as JDR Cables, have made the transition to offshore wind and taken work from the incumbents.”
In recent weeks Journal Energy has reported on concerns over the levels of UK content in offshore wind projects, with the Government aiming for a target of 50%.
Mr Roberts said: “50% is a notional ambition, a perception, and it continues to be a major area of concern. It’s hard to see the 50% UK ambition being achieved in the short-term.
“The Government is looking to support the domestic industry, but developers are still thinking UK content is going to cost them they think, ‘is there enough work here to justify building a factory.”
He said supply chain companies should push more on the ‘products they can offer, than the price’.
You can read the full story here