Local businesses wow London Array

25/06/2010 0 Comments Admin

Local businesses wow London Array

More than 150 local businesses took the opportunity to hear first hand how they might be able to benefit from the construction and maintenance of the London Array wind farm.

A meet the buyer event at St Augustine’s, Westgate-on-Sea, attracted companies from Thanet and across Kent.

A presentation and question and answer session hosted by London Array, Thanet District Council and Kent County Council was followed by an exhibition where potential suppliers of goods and services could meet London Array and some of its main contractors.

Among the contractors taking part and looking to tap into the skills and services of local businesses were A2Sea, which is supplying one of the installation vessels, cabling specialists JDR and Visser Smit Global Marine as well as Per Aarsleff and Bilfinger Ingenieurbau, which is supplying and installing the foundations and also installing the turbines.

London Array Construction Manager Thomas Bonnichsen, who will based at Ramsgate and oversee the construction of the wind farm, said: “This was a very well attended event and part of an initiative to introduce local businesses to London Array and our main contractors.

“We are very encouraged by the level of interest being shown in the project and the broad range of products and services available that have the potential to support the wind farm.”

Companies attending were from a variety of sectors including construction specialists, marine consultancies, security services, equipment providers, hotels and B&Bs, engineering companies and recruitment consultants. Among these were a number of small businesses already working with London Array.

Kevin Lynes, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, who spoke at the opening presentation, said: “We are really pleased with this major investment and it is good news for East Kent. The benefits for the local economy and people will be massive over the next 20 years.

“It is immensely satisfying to be involved in something like this at the beginning of its development. As part of the Backing Kent Business campaign we have worked alongside London Array to make it easier for Kent businesses to express an interest in working on this and other wind power projects through the website www.kentwindenergy.co.uk, which is due to be launched shortly.”

Also taking part was Brian White, Director of Regeneration for Thanet District Council, who said: “Thanet is well placed to benefit from this growing industry, and the council is keen to work with the major developers to make sure as an area that we take full advantage of the opportunities on offer.”

Companies interested in supplying goods and services to London Array can register their details at www.londonarray.com


For further press information please contact Joanne Prentice, London Array Stakeholder and Media Manager on 07738 604337, Joanne.prentice@eon-uk.com or Philip Jones on 01892 513033 or philip@maxim-pr.co.uk


Pictures show:
1. Visitors to the Visser Smit Global Marine stand
2. (l to r) Matt Britton, London Array Commercial and Operations Manager; Thomas Bonnichsen, London Array Construction Manager; Kevin Lynes, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development; and Brian White, Director of Regeneration for Thanet District Council

Notes to editors:

DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. DONG Energy is headquartered in Denmark. The company’s business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. DONG Energy has approximately 5,500 employees and generated more than DKK 60 billion (approx. €8.2 billion) in revenue in 2008.
DONG Energy is a market leader in offshore wind power, having built around half of all offshore wind farms globally. The UK is one of DONG Energy’s primary markets for offshore wind. DONG Energy is the sole owner of the 90MW Burbo Bank and 50% owner of the 90MW Barrow project, both of which are in commercial operation in the East Irish Sea. The Gunfleet Sands I+II (total 172MW) commenced construction in early 2008 in the Thames Estuary and are scheduled for commercial operation by the end of 2009. On April 22nd 2009 DONG Energy announced it was to build the two wind farms Walney I and II in the Irish Sea. Further, DONG Energy has a substantial pipeline of offshore wind projects in the UK which are currently under planning and development. For more information, please visit http://www.dongenergy.com

E.ON is one of the world’s leading power and gas companies. With annual sales of more than €86 billion and around 90,000 employees, it is one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies.  E.ON Climate & Renewables, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, is responsible for E.ON Group’s global renewables and climate protection activities. E.ON is investing 8 billion Euros in renewable generation and climate protection projects from 2007 to 2011 and will play a leading role in the development of the renewables industry worldwide. We are already active in On and Offshore wind, Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), Solar PV, Biomass and Biogas. E.ON currently has over 2.9GW of renewable capacity in operation which makes the company a leading global renewable player.

In the UK, E.ON’s renewables development portfolio could, if built, power a million homes and displace the emission of around two million tonnes of CO2. E.ON owns and operates Scroby Sands offshore wind farm in the UK and is currently commissioning the 180MW Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in the Solway Firth. Renewable energy projects in other countries include developing Rødsand II, a 207MW offshore wind farm of the Danish coast and, with partners, the 60MW Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm which is currently being built off the north coast of Germany. This is the first deep water far shore scheme of its kind. www.eon.com

The Masdar Initiative is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted investment in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies as well as sustainable design. Masdar is a wholly owned company of the the Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala). In January 2008, Abu Dhabi announced it will invest $15 billion in Masdar, the largest single government investment of its kind. Last year, Masdar entered into the London Array scheme when it purchased 40 per cent of E.ON’s half share of the London Array scheme, giving Masdar a 20% stake in the project overall. Masdar, which works with a range of innovative renewable energy companies and utilities, is continuously searching for investment opportunities. The London Array investment is part of Masdar’s global alternative energy strategy which includes solar, wind and other renewable technologies. Masdar last month made a significant investment into the Finnish wind-turbine manufacturer WinWinD Oy, adding to Masdar’s growing portfolio of investments, partnerships and production capabilities in the renewable energy sector.
For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit www.masdaruae.com

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