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Regional energy group calls for sector deal for offshore wind sector

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A call for a sector deal to bolster the offshore wind sector was made last week at a Westminster event for the region’s energy business cluster organised by the East of England Energy Group.

Simon Gray, chief executive of EEEGR, said: “There is a real opportunity for the energy industry in the eastern region to become a world leader in shallow water and late life decommissioning and we have taken that message direct to government. Our ambition for the region to have special recognition status will go to the New Anglia LEP and will form the energy part of its industrial strategy.” More than £3 billion is set to be invested in the Southern North Sea by 10 leading operators in the next few years, creating a potential 33,000 new jobs.

Sizewell C alone is employing 3,200 people at its site on the Suffolk coast. But competition for skilled workers is increasing and there is a need for more apprentices and graduates in the sector. Sector deals are partnerships between government and industry on sector-specific issues aimed at boosting productivity, employment, innovation and skills. They have been launched in areas such as life sciences, automotive and the creative industries.

Photo: Simon Gray, EEEGR, Stuart Thornton, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Eric Marston, Oil and Gas Authority, Julia Pyke, EDF Energy on Sizewell C , Peter Aldous, MP. Jonathan Cole, ScottishPower Renewables, Chris Claydon, ECITB, Martin Dronfield, James Fisher Marine Services, and Halfdan Brusted, Equinor.