The Crown Estate working with SeaworkNews // November 19, 2010
The Seawork International exhibition and conference is to be enhanced in 2011 by the active participation of The Crown Estate.
In partnership with RenewableUK, the official supporting association of Seawork’s Renewable Energy Pavilion, and The Carbon Trust, The Crown Estate will host a full day conference programme on Wednesday 15 June 2011 in the auditorium adjoining the exhibition.
A ‘state of the nation’ paper will open the day’s conference programme, covering wind, wave and tidal technologies and emphasising the importance of developing efficient and cohesive supply chains to meet contractual targets.
On 25 October 2010, The Crown Estate and the UK Government announced that a letter of intent to work together to support the development of the UK’s offshore wind manufacturing capacity had been agreed to ensure that port infrastructure requirements do not delay offshore wind deployment.
Roger Bright, chief executive of The Crown Estate said: “This announcement is another significant step in ensuring that the UK can meet its growing offshore wind supply chain requirements."
"I’m keen that The Crown Estate, working together with Government, helps in the creation of the maximum number of UK jobs from the offshore wind supply chain. With our four rounds of offshore wind energy programmes aiming to deliver over a quarter of the UK energy needs by 2020, a significant supply chain industry is required."
"Through our strategic role we are actively working with Government to help ensure the realisation of offshore renewable energy and the associated opportunities for the UK economy.”
"Ports and harbours are a critical part of the offshore wind supply chain and The Crown Estate intends to act as a facilitator to help interested ports realise the potential of their sites. Seawork has been identified as an important element in making it happen."
Andrew Webster, Managing Director of Mercator Media, organisers of Seawork International, said: "For several years, Seawork has been a major international focus for the renewables industry. The fact that The Crown Estate has chosen Seawork as an appropriate forum in which to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the commercial marine industry is a great endorsement of the exhibition and represents a significant opportunity for our exhibitors and visitors. In 2011, Seawork will be a ‘must go’ occasion for all those involved in renewable energy.”