The UK Government has formally declared a Climate Emergency. Coal plant is being phased out by 2025, meanwhile electric vehicles, hydrogen heating and heat pumps are all taking off across the UK. To ensure society’s growing thirst for electricity is sustainable – generation from renewables is key. Offshore wind can meet this demand at scale.
Offshore wind is one of the most cost-effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Government has set a target to deliver over a third of UK electricity from Offshore Wind by 2030, up from 10% today. Rampion 2 can make a significant contribution towards this goal.
The UK is an island benefitting from the jet stream, which offers a temperate climate and our famous wet and windy weather. The UK is the windiest country in Europe so it makes sense to harness this wind to generate our electricity.
There are hundreds of companies involved in delivering an offshore wind farm – the businesses that are contracted to supply goods and services, from steel components through to food catering for construction staff, make up the supply chain of the project.
The offshore wind sector is party to a ‘Sector Deal’6 with Government. The deal offers long term confidence that the sector has a strong future. It confirmed the ambition to deliver over a third of UK electricity from Offshore Wind by 2030. In return, offshore wind farm projects are committed to enabling more UK businesses to compete for work.
Rampion 2 will make sure UK businesses are aware of the project and will work hard to make sure our major contract holders are introduced to smaller UK suppliers. It’s a competitive international industry worth seeking routes into.
Interested in contracting opportunities? Watch this space. We will launch a supply chain portal on our website in due course. Please check our website from time to time for its availability.
Contracting opportunities will pick up in scale during the construction phase.
In the design phase, opportunities are more limited. It may be worth visiting the websites of our lead contractors for development and consent: