World-leading manufacturers, developers, researchers and industry bodies will join forces today to set out a long-term vision for offshore renewables in the North Sea.
Called ‘Norstec’, the new network of more than 40 organisations is holding its first full meeting in London today. Announced by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year, it aims to boost growth in the offshore industry. It also hopes to maximise the potential of resources available in Europe’s northern seas and help businesses and the public see the amount of opportunities available there.
According to Norstec’s vision, “… over 40GW of offshore wind capacity could be deployed in the region by 2020, generating enough electricity to power London, Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Brussels combined.”
It also suggests by 2020 up to 185,000 jobs could be directly or indirectly created in the offshore wind industry in the UK alone, driven by the skills being developed in colleges and universities.
Last month the UK generated a record-breaking 4GW of wind power, according to figures from National Grid.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “The offshore wind industry represents a massive growth opportunity for the UK and our neighbours around the northern seas, bringing jobs and re-energising once thriving industrial heartlands on the East Coast and beyond.
“I am determined that we work closely with North Seas governments, businesses and academics to make the most of our plentiful offshore renewable resources. Norstec will help the offshore wind industry in the northern seas to grow and create a new industrial revolution, driving economic growth across this part of Europe.”
National Grid, DONG Energy, Gamesa and Siemens are some of the organisations which are part of the network.