A major green energy conference is coming to Hull for the first time.
The Offshore Wind Connections (OWC 2018) conference is one of the main events on the offshore renewables calendar and will take place over two days in Hull in April.
The conference, run by Team Humber Marine Alliance, will include an exhibition and network, and over the past five years has attracted front-line speakers and delegates from the UK, Europe and US.
OWC2018 will hear from industry leaders and governmental bodies on the progress of current projects and future opportunities at the city’s Doubletree by Hilton hotel on April 25 and 26.
With the region rapidly becoming the epicentre of the industry with billions of pounds to be invested in onshore and offshore infrastructure, it has become a ‘must attend’ event for all those with a stake or interest in the burgeoning sector.
Mark O’Reilly, Team Humber chairman and CEO, says the event will reflect the “exponential growth” in the offshore wind industry currently taking place in the region.
“It will be relevant to all businesses and organisations with a stake in the offshore wind industry, which has become a massive employer, directly and indirectly,” he said.
“The conference will reflect the exponential growth in offshore wind since we held the first OWC on the Humber south bank; how firms like Siemens and Ørsted have put the region at the heart of the industry and the course it is likely to take as we approach the 2020s.”
This year has seen significant job creation in the sector locally, particularly as a result of the current construction of Hornsea Project One, 120km off the Holderness coast, by Ørsted, and its plans for Project Two.
Mr O’Reilly added that it was a natural step to move the event to Hull for the first time due to the contribution of renewables to regeneration in the city.
He said: “We’ve had three successful years at Bridlington and coming to Hull is a natural step, especially considering the contribution renewables is making to the city’s revival.”
Helen Symonds, director of sales and marketing at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel, said: “It is great that the offshore wind industry is booming and regularly bringing visitors to the Humber region.”
“Our large, adaptable space is ideal for major events and we are looking forward to helping Team Humber make OWC2018 a success.”
The names of speakers, sponsors and booking details are to be announced.
The spotlight is also on the renewables sector in the Humber region, following the launch of the Humber Renewables Awards 2018 which promises to highlight the region’s champions in the industry.
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