First local network meeting in Sweden took place
Company briefing on the EU project OFF.ER (21st January 2011)
The EU project SB OFF.E.R, that aims to support offshore wind is now working to create local business network in Karlskrona / Sölvesborg, Rostock in Germany, Guldborgsund in Denmark, Klaipeda in Lithuania and Gdansk in Poland with a view to facilitating the establishment of offshore wind in the southern Baltic. The business network is formed together with companies and the main objective is to do business. On Friday 21 January, 23 companies from Karlskrona and Sölvesborgs municipalities had their first network meeting, some of which already are suppliers to the wind energy industry, and a number of companies interested in doing business and become a subcontractor to the growing wind energy industry. The offshore wind market is steadily increasing in the participating countries. The national goals are set high.
On the meeting there were several presentations on wind energy and first speaker was the site manager at ABB High Voltage Cable. He told the audience about the great efforts that ABB has done and the enormous business opportunities in the area of wind energy.
Asa Westrin from the Swedish Energy Agency's expanding local node for corporate and business development of wind power, informed about the work and services the National Network can provide to the companies in the country who want to enter the wind power industry.
Hans-Olof Svensson, knowledgeable project manager for the European project OFF.E.R in Blekinge, informed about the project's purpose and goals and future activities. Among other things, two new network meetings are planned: one in March and the next will be a trip to the offshore wind park Lillgrund in Malmo in June. - "We will also arrange a business trip to Gdansk in Poland in early September this year where our company can meet companies from other countries including Poland, Rostock in Germany and Denmark with the possibility of matchmaking and do business across borders, this is combined with the large technical exhibition for the maritime industries, "said Hans-Olof.
Anders Nilsson, project manager for Blekinge Offshore, informed about the plans for a wind farm off the coast of Blekinge. He presented their views on how offshore wind can be planned, built and how local companies can participate as subcontractors. - "If not our Swedish companies are involved in the upcoming expansion, they will stand and just watch when other companies is building the wind farms and it feels so bad," said Anders Nilsson.
Carl-Axel Ottosson, Head of Business Unit Karlskrona Municipality, thanked for an interesting first meeting, and invited not only the participating companies to the next meetings, but would like the network to be extended with more companies from other municipalities in the county. - "We look forward to an exciting continuation of the project and the ability of companies to become suppliers to the wind industry," said Carl-Axel.