The UK government has set the target of meeting 60% of the offshore wind supply chain from within the UK by 2030. The Celtic Sea has previously been overlooked for fixed offshore wind development due to the seabed depths. However, floating offshore wind (FLOW) has reignited the opportunity for high-integrity, mission-critical renewable energy projects in the South West.

This report identifies the challenges and opportunities for FLOW in the Celtic Sea. It also outlines the role that the South West region can play in supporting the development of FLOW, overcoming challenges and maximising the potential benefits for the area.

13 May 2022

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Celtic Sea Projects

The South West Floating Offshore Wind Opportunity Study identifies real and practical opportunites from FLOW to form the basis of an economic development, business support and investment plan for the South West region. It focuses on the role that the South West could play as part of a wider Celtic Sea cluster.

The report sets out a number of actions that the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and local authority partners can take to secure economics benefits from FLOW in the Celtic Sea, including:

  • Raising awareness of the FLOW opportunity amongst companies and stakeholders and promoting this as part of a wider Celtic Sea regional opportunity.
  • Ensuring the South West has a strong voice in key decision areas and communicating shared messages with national policy makers.
  • Collaborating with broader South West and South Wales stakeholders, recognising that the scale and challenge of FLOW development requires a joined-up and integrated approach.
  • Starting a supply chain development programme to support and enhance the pioneer companies who are already working in the offshore wind supply chain or are in sectors in which the South West has existing strengths.
  • Supporting the development of offshore wind projects by supporting industry asks for policy support and infrastructure, while ensuring that community and social benefits are realised.
  • Encouraging research, development and innovation through academic partners.

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This study was commissioned by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Devon County Council, in partnership with North Devon and Torridge District Councils.

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