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Offshore wind supply chain invited to Merseyside event

The Liverpool City Region LEP and Wirral Council are collaborating with DONG Energy to host an offshore wind supply chain event for the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension on 2 June 2015.

The Liverpool City Region LEP and Wirral Council are collaborating with DONG Energy to host an offshore wind supply chain event for the 256MW Burbo Bank Extension on 2 June 2015.

Onshore construction has now begun on the Burbo Bank Extension, located 8 kilometres off the UK coast in Liverpool Bay. When completed, its 32 8MW wind turbines will be capable of supplying the electricity needs of around 180,000 UK homes.

The wind farm has already proved to be a pioneering project in terms of the number of UK partners on board, with transition pieces for foundations set to be manufactured in Teesside and a £12 million contract to develop an onshore substation recently agreed with infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty.

Opportunities for suppliers

At a recent conference in Denmark, programme director at DONG Energy, Klaus Skoust Moller, reiterated the project’s opportunities for UK suppliers.

“DONG Energy is absolutely committed to investing in the UK, and with construction now underway on Burbo Bank Extension, we want to see opportunities continue in the UK supply chain. 

“Burbo Bank Extension is a unique project in terms of the number of UK-based firms we have appointed, and we now hope to see our large suppliers continue this trend by focusing on UK content throughout their involvement with this project.”

North West Event

To help North West companies enter the supply chain, the Liverpool City Region LEP and Wirral Council are working with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and DONG Energy to run a free event on 2 June.

The event will outline the range of supply chain opportunities available and the procurement processes involved, as well as giving attendees the change to hear from key personnel at DONG Energy and tier one suppliers involved in offshore wind farm construction in the Irish Sea.

The event is planned to take place at Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral from 10am to 4pm. For more information, please contact Helen Carney at Wirral Council by emailing helencarney@wirral.gov.uk