Focus on Offshore Wind



Capitalise on one of the fastest growing sectors in the energy industry

The global offshore wind market continued to grow rapidly in 2018, hitting over 18GW of capacity by the end of the year and showing no signs of slowing down, with estimates that it will reach 115GW by 2030 and 200GW by 2040.

In the UK’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal published on 7 March 2019, the government has committed to boosting the sector, including targeting £2.6bn in global exports to growing markets like Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US.

Energy Exports Conference 2019 highlighted some of the opportunities available for the UK supply chain overseas, both for existing renewables suppliers and for companies looking to diversify into this lucrative sector.

Where are the opportunities?

The Global Opportunities stream featured speakers from some of the world’s top offshore wind developers and EPC contractors who outlined where their development and planned opportunities are, as well as how suppliers can get involved.

Delegates could also hear from and meet the organisations that provide support to exporting companies, including UK Export Finance who can offer lines of credit to ensure payment is always guaranteed and on time when booking orders abroad.

Plus – one-to-one appointments were available with speaker companies and event partners so you can sit down and discuss the specifics around your individual case.

Diversifying into offshore wind from oil and gas

If you’re a supplier in the UK oil and gas, power or nuclear sectors and are looking for new ways to scale up your business, diversifying into the offshore wind sector could be right for you.

Hundreds of companies in the UK have already seen the benefit of entering the sector, with many transferable products, services and skills that can provide you with a more diverse portfolio that’s better enabled to weather the unpredictability of factors like the oil price.

What if I’m an early-stage exporter, or yet to start my exporting journey?

The Inspiring Exports stream was designed to show how you can start exporting into low-risk markets in the global offshore wind sector. This included the inspiring stories of experienced exporters and a range of experts, who discussed and shared their exporting experiences in offshore wind. Sessions looked at preparing to export to the US and Europe, the importance of research, market entry options, navigation regulations, and identifying international customers.

The Department for International Trade and Scottish Development International had sector and country experts on hand to offer advice and support, and to connect you to the right information, insights and advisors to help you take the next steps of your exporting journey.



Focus on Offshore Wind

When and where:

This panel session featured in the Global Opportunities stream on Day 2, Wednesday 19 June at 11:15-12:15.


Karl John

Specialist Renewable Energy – Department for International Trade


Peter Clusky

Senior Supply Chain Development Manager, Global Sourcing, Wind Power

Rhodri James

Leading Business Developer

Dr Bill Scott, OBE


David Robertson

Strategy & Development Director – Clean Energy Solutions


Energy Transition – From Black to Green: Opportunities Across the Spectrum

When and where:

This panel session featured in the Global Opportunities stream on Day 1, Tuesday 18 June at 13:30-14:25.


Maggie McGinlay

Deputy Chief Executive – Opportunity North East (ONE)


Rajnish Sharma

Technology Director

Martyn Link

Group Head Strategy & Analysis

Gunnar Herzig

Managing Director

Kate Rudman

Principal Engineer, Engineering & Consulting, Oil & Gas

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