Rune Reinertsen at Origo Solutions is a supplier to Dogger Bank wind farm.

15 representatives from Agder’s business sector travelled to Britain this week to discuss and learn more about the offshore wind industry.

Britain is years ahead of Norway when it comes to harnessing wind resources at sea. Britain is currently home to the world’s five largest – and eight of the ten largest – offshore wind farms. Even more projects are in the pipeline.

“Lots to learn and many relevant people to connect with,” says Tom Fidjeland, CEO of GCE NODE.

Together with Rune Klausen (Fremtidens Havvind) and Sanne Jordan (GCE NODE), he spent two days in Port on Tyne and Newcastle with a group of business leaders from Britain and Norway.

Port on Tyne is home to Equinor’s Operations and Maintenance Base for Dogger Bank – a 3.6 GW wind farm that became operational earlier this month.

The United Kingdom is committed to becoming a “clean energy superpower” by the end of this decade. Norway has the resources and emerging technologies to support the UK in achieving its goal.

Looking ahead, increased collaboration between researchers, businesses, and governments will need to be developed. This week’s event emphasized the significance of cross-border cooperation between the UK and Norway, starting with whole-system thinking and digging into the industrial clusters, new technologies and wind.

Attendees included regional and local government, policymakers and politicians, energy companies and suppliers from both Norway and the UK; investor companies; British and Norwegian clusters; industry bodies/organizations; academia, accelerators, and incubators.

Part of the Agder delegation (left-right): Tina McDougall (Chamber of Kristiansand), Tom Fidjeland (GCE NODE), Rune Klausen (Fremtidens Havvind), and Sanne Jordan (GCE NODE).
Dogger Bank O&M Base.
Morten Årikstad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pentagon.