Big names line up for Norstec UK offshore wind network

Siemens, Vestas, Alstom, E.ON and Dong are among more than 40 companies and organisations that will today start work on a UK government-backed initiative for the offshore wind sector.

The Norstec industry network, announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in April, meets for the first time in London in a bid to help build the framework needed for rapid development of offshore wind in Europe’s northern seas.

The group’s mission statement claims that the long-term potential of accessible offshore wind resources in Europe is greater than the continent’s current oil and gas production combined.

Other major names from the industry and its supply chain to have signed up for Norstec include Gamesa, EDPR, The Crown Estate, Vattenfall and Areva.

Cameron’s coalition government has come under pressure over the level of long-term certainty it is offering potential investors in UK offshore wind.

But the UK premier said of the launch of the new network: “I continue to be strongly supportive of the UK offshore renewables sector and am delighted to see Norstec rising from the waves.”