Pitch perfect with Equinor
More than 100 suppliers from the offshore industry were gathered at GCE Ocean Technology’s site in Bergen this week to attend one-on-one meetings with a panel of offshore wind representatives from Equinor.
Equinor sees an ocean of opportunities within offshore wind for the Norwegian supplier industry and at this event they wanted to talk directly to the suppliers about the possibilities, and how they can work together within offshore wind.
– Our goal with this event is to contribute to a greater understanding of Equinor's offshore wind-thinking and enable these companies to position themselves to enter Equinor’s supplier base further down the line, says Karianne Kojen Andersen, Innovation Manager in GCE Ocean Technology.
13 minutes pitches
Equinor explained their investments within offshore wind in Norway, Utsira Nord and Southern North Sea II, their contract strategies, technical concepts and operation and maintenance (read presentation).
However, the most exciting part was perhaps the more than 65 one-on-one meetings that took place behind closed doors after the plenary session, where each company was given 13 minutes to pitch their proposals and ideas to Equinor’s offshore wind representatives.
Photo: Powersim Software representatives pitching for Equinor.
– Norway’s target of 30GW offshore wind energy production by 2040 is hairy and gives so many opportunities for us as suppliers to this industry! I am happy to say that we can deliver and contribute to the green shift towards renewable energy and decarbonization. Thank you so much for valuable one-on-one supplier meetings with Equinor and for interesting information about Hywind Tampen, Utsira Nord and Sørlige Nordsjø II, says Ellen C Svestad, CCO, USEA Ocean Data.
Photo: Ellen C Svestad CCO, USEA Ocean Data and Alex Alcocer, Professor. at the Department of Mechanical, Electronics and Chemistry at OsloMet.
– Delivering to the offshore wind industry requires that you find your place in the value chain and understand the market mechanisms. Through these types of events and tailor-made crossover programmes, we contribute to this process, says Kai Stoltz, Business Development Manager in GCE Ocean Technology.
Bergen was the first stop on Equinor’s offshore wind tour which now continues to Stavanger, Kristiansand and Haugesund. After the summer, the trip goes north- and to Eastern Norway.
Floating offshore wind can become one of Norway's most important job creators in 2050 if we increase our pace.
This is shown in a new report from Menon Economics that was launched this week.
The report states that the industry around floating offshore wind alone can create over 52,000 jobs in 2050.
This corresponds to about 25 percent of the employment the oil and gas industry had in 2019.
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