Business leaders and government officials from across the globe are set to visit Tees Valley companies to learn about the benefits of the offshore wind sector.
The Tees Valley Mayor’s officials will give a presentation to the almost 50-strong delegation during the three-day event, which begins today (June 26), to highlight how the region’s is working to become a UK-leader in offshore wind.
On the fact-finding mission, the delegation will be taken to meet some of the region’s key firms, including JDR Cables, Offshore Structures Britain, RelyOn Nutek and Van Oord, with talks including PD Ports, taking place at Hartlepool College.
The visit, including representatives from 21 countries such as Argentina, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam has been organised by NOF Energy, in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council and the World Bank Group.
It comes just days after it was revealed documents had been submitted to create a huge offshore wind assembly, installation and servicing site in Redcar, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs along the supply chain.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The offshore wind sector represents a huge opportunity for jobs and economic growth in the region. Our brilliant supply chain has been winning contracts from around the world and, with the world’s biggest wind farm coming just 80 miles off the North East coast at Dogger Bank, we’re a perfect location for future investment.
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to demonstrate our existing expertise to these emerging markets, and show that Tees Valley can lead the way in delivering clean energy for the UK.
“In a post-Brexit world, there will be ample potential to throw open our doors and do business with countries that are just now looking to capitalise on the sector. In showing them how we do business, we can sow the seeds of future collaboration.”
Joanne Leng MBE, Deputy Chief Executive at NOF Energy, said: “The North East of England, including Tees Valley, is an exemplar of a region that has developed a mature cluster of offshore wind activity, led by technology-focused companies.
“Emerging markets can look to this region and see how its industry has evolved to meet the requirements of offshore renewables while delivering economic and value-added benefits to the area.”