Clustering supply chain will help reduce costs
A NEW drive to cut the cost of offshore wind power generation will only strengthen the Humber's position as the most attractive location for wind turbine manufacturing.
That was the view of leading business figures from the area who attended the 2012 Global Offshore Wind conference at London's ExCel Centre last week.
During the two-day conference, a new report was published, outlining key actions which would enable industry and government to cut the cost of generating electricity in the sector by more than 30 per cent.
The Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force Report lays out 28 specific recommendations, and builds on the findings of a study by the Crown Estate which concludes that reaching the government target of £100 per MWh is achievable within the next seven years.
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And according to some, the emphasis on reducing costs plays right to the Humber's key strengths – not least its close proximity to the forthcoming Round Three wind farms in the North Sea.
Reaction to the announcement captured the general feeling of optimism among Humber delegates, who were exhibiting for the first time together under the Humber Renewables brand.
Positive noises were also being made about the potential for extra job creation within the ports of Grimsby and Immingham, and about the state of the offshore sector as a whole.
And Energy Minister Charles Hendry even reserved special mention for the positive effect the Siemens' deal to build turbines in Hull will have on the Humber as a whole.
Commenting on the taskforce's report, Richard Kendall, manager of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: "One of the key things the report identifies is the need for logistics savings and that is where the Humber has got a key advantage.
"The report talks about clustering the supply chain to drive down the cost of transporting parts and making sure you are in close proximity to the wind farms and the Humber ticks both of those boxes."
Neil Etherington, group development director at Able UK, which is aiming to create a giant marine energy park on the south bank of the Humber, said that development on the site would enable the creation of a "true cluster" which would allow costs to be reduced.
Stressing the potential for job creation within the sector, Mr Hendry told delegates: "We do have enormous opportunities in this sector in the UK. This should become the country of choice for those that are part of the supply chain for building up the offshore wind industry.
"We have a massive opportunity in front of us. Our ambition is not just about generating capacity but also about creating skilled manufacturing jobs."