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  1. Business Development Manager takes up residence at OrbisEnergy

    May 7, 2020

    OrbisEnergy, the centre for offshore renewable and clean energy businesses, recently welcomed a new addition to the team. Ian Pease commenced employment in the role of Business Development Manager – All Energy, employed by Suffolk County Council and based at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft on a full-time basis.

    Ian’s role is to drive forward OrbisEnergy as an innovation and technology cluster for the region’s clean energy sector and support inward investment and business expansion in the region to create local opportunities and sustainable employment through the East of England Energy Zone.

    He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector during which time he has worked in both the public and private sectors in roles including; economic development, skills and competence, marketing, project management and business development in the areas of marine, oil & gas and offshore wind.

    On his new appointment Ian said, “I’m delighted to be part of this amazing landmark centre at the heart of the offshore renewable and clean energy sectors. I’m looking forward to getting to know the many energy businesses across the region as well as those based here at Orbis and our virtual tenants, alongside working with EEEZ partners to showcase the region’s significant energy capabilities and investment opportunities to a global energy audience.”

    Ian can be contacted on ian.pease@suffolk.gov.uk or via linkedin.com/in/ian-pease-4a813512

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    Region’s offshore wind supply chain showcased to US market

    May 5, 2020

    Norfolk & Suffolk’s unlimited offshore wind sector is looking to export its supply chain expertise to the largest wind farm planned in the US.

    A preliminary online event organised by Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited and the City of Virginia Beach saw 20 local businesses meet with operators and developers involved in Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) scheme, for which construction and commissioning will get underway in 2024.

    OrbisEnergy, East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and Opergy gave presentations during the webinar, positioning Norfolk and Suffolk as the UK’s clean energy region and highlighting the experience and strength of its supply chain.

    CVOW will be the first offshore wind project in Federal waters and the first to be owned directly by a US utility company, delivering more than 2.6 GW of renewable energy by 2026.

    This year Danish company Ørsted is already building a two-turbine pilot project, a forerunner to the full-scale one.

    The online session was also joined by developer, Avangrid Renewables, which presented its plans for the 2.5 GW Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Farm, located 30 miles from CVOW off the coast of North Carolina.

    East Anglia’s offshore energy industry employs more than 800 businesses and 11,800 employees. There is expected to be £60bn of capital investment in its energy projects by 2040 and £1.3bn of offshore wind operations and maintenance opportunities by 2025.

    Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited is a brand designed to globally market the area as the UK’s home of clean energy and promote its world-leading clusters in ICT, tech and digital and agri-food. It is being delivered by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, in conjunction with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, and has the endorsement of the Department for International Trade.

    Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia LEP, said: “East Anglia is already building strategic links with key European and global offshore wind markets and local business have been involved in almost every wind farm project around the world.

    “Our energy sector has been through tough times, but the east coast remains a global hub for skills and innovation. We remain in a great place to make the most of future opportunities and relationships like this are key to that.”

    Virginia Beach’s Director of Economic Development, Taylor Adams, said: “We’re delighted that companies from Norfolk and Suffolk can help us get our new offshore wind industry going. They have a huge amount of expertise and we are doing everything we can to give them a warm welcome over here.

    “I’d like to thank Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited for all their assistance and look forward to working with them in the future.”

    Mr Adams added: “It’s great this is happening around the VE Day anniversary – another reminder of what our two countries can do together.”

    Ian Pease, Business Development Manager – All Energy at OrbisEnergy, said: “Our original plan was to showcase Norfolk and Suffolk’s offshore wind supply chain during a visit to the UK by our Virginia Beach colleagues. But rather than postpone, we decided to take the event online and were able to introduce 20 businesses from the region to some of the key players from the emerging US offshore wind market.

    “The format exceeded all expectations and our next steps are to facilitate a series of online ‘meet the buyer’ sessions to support Norfolk and Suffolk energy businesses in exporting their expertise to a global offshore wind market.”

    Supply chain companies wanting to find out more about the potential opportunities should contact Ian Pease at ian.pease@suffolk.gov.uk

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  3. Stand can deliver boost to regional businesses

    October 16, 2019

    Businesses are following up a string of leads after successfully showcasing their services on an East of England Energy Zone stand in Amsterdam.

    The joint stand at the Offshore Energy exhibition and conference has been hailed a success by all involved.

    Nine exhibitors shared a prominent space at the two-day event which put them on the radar of thousands of visitors, delegates, businesses and developers from across the energy word.

    Feedback to the EEEZ was very positive, with all companies receiving interest which is now being chased up in the hope of turning it into business.

    The stand, as well as highlighting supply chain services, also sparked interest through hosting a programme of top speakers – and showed the strong teamwork stemming from a partnership of business and local authorities.

    Simon Gray, from key EEEZ partner the East of England Energy Group, said: “Our stand received high footfall not only due to the high calibre of exhibitors but also due to an excellent array of speakers including Aker solutions, James Fisher Marine Services, Shell, The Oil & Gas Authority, The Southern North Sea Energy Alliance, GE Renewables and two presentations from Equinor.

    “Both EEEGR and EEEZ would like to thank all the speakers, exhibitors and visitors to the stand for their support and tremendous feedback that we have received.”

    The EEEZ is looking to do further trade delegations in the UK and Europe. To register an interest in joining future stands email info@theenergyzone.co.uk and ask to be alerted about future stands.

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