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Highlights Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference

Time flies when you are having fun. Sadly we have to wait a whole year before we meet each other again during Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2017. Before we say our goodbyes, let’s take a look at what happened during OEEC.

Offshore WIND Conference – Reached potential

The Offshore WIND Conference discussed business opportunities and reaching potential within the growing sector. With the agreements made during COP21 in 2015 in mind, the industry is encouraged to strive to reach the targets and raise the bar. This year’s Offshore WIND Conference was launched by the chairman Stephen Bolton, Operations Director at Bibby Marine Services, followed by an opening speech and a video presentation from Wim Bal, Managing Director of IV-Groep. During the opening session “Calling the shots” David Molenaar, Country Division Head Wind Power, Siemens Netherlands, spoke about Zero Harm approach, the need for more flexibility in servicing offshore wind farms, as well as the cooperation with the Dutch government that started in 2008 and led to creating a system that can allow for setting up more large-scale offshore wind projects. Molenaar also stressed that the industry needs targets for 2030 and 2050, as well as an integrated system.

Day two focused on the supply chain in detail as well as a packed closing panel with Tom Harries (Bloomberg), Dan Kyle Spearman (The Carbon Trust), Rob van der Hage (TenneT) and Benoit Laval (Vattenfall). Speaking on the offshore wind industry and how the industry and her supply chain will evolve in the years to come, Benoit Laval, Wind Project Procurement Director at Vattenfall commented: “Cost reduction will be a joint effort within the industry and has less to do with scale and more with how the complete supply chain can be coordinated.”

Next year the Offshore WIND Conference will take place on 9 and 10 October 2017. Save the date!