Local supply chain

Well established supply chain

Energy Gateway North East England benefits from an impressive, well-established engineering cluster and supply chain operating in all the key offshore energy sectors.

Companies span all key areas including R&D, engineering design and project management, major fabrication, installation and decommissioning, and operations and maintenance facilities and services.

Supply chain companies are supported by a number of key industry bodies:

  • NOF actively works with its members, to help them win new business. Their services ensure members have access to new opportunities both in the UK and internationally, provides industry intelligence, encourages networking and inter-trading and makes key sector introductions.
  • Energi Coast promotes the capabilities of regional companies in servicing the offshore renewables markets in the UK, Europe and internationally
  • Subsea North East promotes the North East of England as a world class centre for offshore technologies and solutions around subsea
  • Global Underwater Hub based on the River Tyne, represents the diverse range of businesses operating in the UK’s £8 billion underwater industry.

Strategically positioned to access major offshore wind developments in the North Sea basin, such as Dogger Bank, Hornsea and Firth of Forth. 80% of all UK wind farms are reachable within a 24-hr vessel time.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm – the world’s largest wind farm – is located 130km off the North East coast of England and will be capable of powering 6 million British homes. Equinor and SSE Renewables have built its new O&M base at Port of Tyne to service Dogger Bank Wind Farm, bringing many supply chain opportunities.

“From South Tyneside, we’ll be operating the wind farm, which will be able to provide around 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity demand. Our investment in this enormous project will have a knock on effect, not only for the supply chain but for other small and medium sized businesses based here.” Tom Nightingale, Equinor

A number of North East companies have secured new contracts in the offshore wind sector, including South Tyneside based Metec CP who has won contracts with Dogger Bank Wind Farm and a French Substation.