18 May 2016
There are great business opportunities for companies in the Region of Zealand in connection with the establishment of Kriegers Flak. In collaboration with Offshoreenergy.dk, a delegation from four municipalities in the region visited the Port of Grenaa. Our aim is to establish a local offshore supplier network in the Region of Zealand.
Last month 55 representatives from a number of companies from the Region of Zealand, Denmark went to The Port of Grenaa went to see Anholt Offshore Wind Farm and met with Djurs Wind Power to get knowledge about how to build a successful business network. The visit was very inspirational.
In connection with the establishment of Anholt Wind Farm the local companies decided to establish a local business network with one-point-of- contact in order to offer their services. It was a big success. The network Djurs Wind Power generated 60 mio. EUR and 330 local employees were involved in the construction work. To this must be added the amount and jobs for operation and maintenance the next 25 years or more.
In another part of Denmark, four communities in the Region of Zealand, Denmark see similar business opportunities in the horizon. It is likely that one of the ports will be chosen as the shipping and service port for the 600 MW Offshore Wind Farm, Kriegers Flak. Thus, the four communities Faxe, Stevns, Guldborgsund and Vordingborg have taken a joint initiative to establish a similar network and have hired Offshoreenergy.dk as a consultant. Offshoreenergy.dk already has experience in creating business networks in other parts of Denmark, for instance in the port of Thyborøn and Rømø.
“Our role is to ensure the establishment of the network and develop the necessary competences so they match the needs offshore. Building a bridge between the winner of the tender and the local companies are one of the ways to ensure a prosperous cooperation,” says Head of Renewables at Offshoreenergy.dk who is responsible for the assignment.
Last month he and his colleagues arranged a trip to The Port of Grenaa and Anholt Offshore Wind Farm. The Zealandic companies also met with Djurs Wind Power to get knowledge and inspiration about how to build up and operate a network.
A regional focus is important
Among the participants was Tom Larsen, CEO in International Wind Academy Lolland (IWAL) which offers different kinds of technical and safety training courses to the offshore wind sector.
“Many players in the region have little or no expertise within offshore wind. One of the strengths of the network is that it can contribute to the upgrading of knowledge,” he says and adds that is important that the companies have a regional focus rather than a local focus.
“No matter which port or ports will be chosen as service ports there is a great business potential,” Tom Larsen states.
A part from orders directly related to Kriegers Flak, one of the local business networks involved in establishing the network spots a potential in servicing other projects offshore.
“We also see opportunities in servicing the future near shore parks when established in Smaaland, Sweden as well supporting the other Danish off-shore parks like Rodsand Offshore Wind Farm and the German offshore wind parks. Lolland Falster is ready to contribute to the network no matter which ports will be chosen as service ports to the Kriegers Flak project,” says Business Director Industries Claus Wede from Business Lolland-Falster.
He mentions that in case the supplier of turbines to Kriegers Flak turns out to be MHI Vestas he sees it as an advantage that the blade factory is located directly in Port of Nakskov at the West coast of Lolland-Falster. It is likely that a local port will be chosen to ship out blades during the installation phase.
Need for a 24/7 mindset
Both Claus Wede and Tom Larsen thought that is was very useful to hear about the experiences of Djurs Wind Power.
“One of the most important lessons that I learned is that it is essential to establish a one-point-of-contact with professional staff who can quickly and efficiently refer the potential customers to the right companies,” says Tom Larsen.
Tom Larsen noted that the visit confirmed how important it is to offer a very specialised network and also that it must have a 24/7 focus.
“We must commit ourselves to be available 24 hours a day, like the marine business the off-shore. Wind parks need to operate 99,9% of the time, standby means loosing money and every hour counts. To be in a position to live up to those criteria we will immediately start changing the mindset of the so called ‘normal opening hours’,” Claus Wede states.
While waiting for the decision about which port or ports will play an important role in the Kriegers Flak project the network continues to take shape.
“According to our plan the network will up and running by the end of 2016 so we are ready to push the button as soon as it will be announced,” says Hans A. Pedersen.