“The Norwegian offshore wind industry is playing catch-up and need to pick up the pace. Thus, several Norwegian business clusters have come together in a joint initiative to push and promote Norwegian companies. Bilbao, Spain is the first major European offshore wind exhibit and conference we will attend,” says Rune Klausen, Head of Fremtidens Havvind at GCE NODE.
Norwegian companies and political delegations, including the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, will travel to Bilbao.
“It is vital to have the political side join this trip, as it will provide an understanding of how politicians can assist in developing the Norwegian offshore wind industry. This particularly applies to the Agder region, where companies are amid transferring competence and technology from oil and gas to offshore wind,” says Isabell-Louise Aabel, EU Advisor at GCE NODE.
Relevant topics for the Agder delegation are the establishment of base stations for deployment and support of offshore wind farms in Norwegian waters, and general support to the development of a Norwegian offshore wind industry.
“Our region is extremely well positioned as site for a base station for huge offshore wind farms. This is something that would propel the development of offshore wind in Agder,” says Klausen.
Being part of Team Norway in Bilbao will give access to the seminars, the minister, and the major operators, and will also provide insights into the imminent concession round outside the Canary Islands.
TUESDAY 5 APRIL
11:35: Departure Kristiansand (KLM)
16:30: Arrival Bilbao (KLM)
09:15-18:00: Wind Europe Conference program
WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL
09:30-17:45: Wind Europe Conference program
10:00-12:30: Energy Cluster Summit
16:00: Exhibition opens
18:30-20:00: Networking reception with the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
TBA: Team Norway Conference Dinner
THURSDAY 7 APRIL
08:30-09:40: Breakfast with the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy
10:00-15:15: Wind Europe Conference program
TBA: B2B EEN
TBA: NORWEP seminar with Iberdrola / Siemens Gamesa (TBC)
17:15: Departure Bilbao (KLM)
23:00: Arrival Kristiansand (KLM)
For more information, please contact Rune Klausen or Isabelle-Louise Aabel.
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All the relevant links to the different delegation packages.
For stand and logo exposure at the pavilion, please contact Hanne Tvedt at Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster.
For delegation pass only, sign up here – and for additional questions concerning the delegation pass, please contact Mimi Cathrine Lie at NORWEP.