22 June 2016
Esbjerg Municipality has entered into the super league of energy cities by becoming a member of World Energy Cities Partnership. This membership can open doors to new markets for Danish offshore companies.
Esbjerg's participation in the World Energy Cities Partnership has strengthened the cooperation between the members. Especially with the fellow North Sea port cities Stavanger and Aberdeen. Here the three Mayors are gathered at the OTC Conference in Houston. From right to left Christine Sagen Helgø (Stavanger), George Adams (Aberdeen) and from Esbjerg Johnny Søtrup.
“As Mayor, I am very proud that Esbjerg now represents Denmark on the global energy scene. It is an important recognition of our own ambition to be the Danish Energy Metropolis, and our membership will be actively used to promote national as well as local interests.”
This statement came from Mayor Johnny Søtrup in connection with Esbjerg’s admission to the prestigious club, World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) last year. The partnership is an association founded in 1995 with the objective to address challenges through leadership and cooperation in energy capitals around the world. 19 energy cities in the world are members of WECP.
”The membership has boosted the branding of Esbjerg and strengthened the cooperation with other energy capitals. Especially our fellow North Sea port cities Stavanger and Aberdeen,” says Head of Communication Thomas Reil from the Municipality of Esbjerg.
“This is for the benefit of the Danish offshore oil & gas industry as well as the offshore wind industry. There is great interest from many countries in especially offshore wind as Esbjerg is world leading within this field and we make a great effort to brand these unique competences towards the other members,” he adds.
Knowledge sharing between offshore and the medical industry
Other beneficial activities in the partnership is knowledge sharing between universities in the energy sector and between other sectors. As an example, he mentions that the offshore industry in Norway currently cooperates with the medical industry in the U.S., as sub-sea knowledge about pumps is of great value in connection with heart surgery.
Thomas Reil will be among the speakers at Offshoreenergy.dk’s Annual Meeting 2016 1 September where he will give the participants more information about how they can benefit from the partnership
“If an offshore company from Esbjerg or another part of Denmark is interested in getting in contact with a player on a foreign market, they can contact Offshoreenergy.dk or the Municipality of Esbjerg and we will make an effort to connect you with the right people,” Thomas Reil explains.
Soon it will also be possible for offshore companies to get information about potential business partners in the member countries through a revitalised website that will be launched in July 2016.
“We also invite companies to sign up for our future meetings. Last year Oil & Gas Director Johannes from Offshoreenergy.dk participated in a meeting in Rio de Janeiro together with their member company, Ocean Team Scandinavia represented by the owner Jens Peter Thomsen. During the trip they had the opportunity to get further knowledge about the market and meet potential co-operation partners,” says Thomas Reil.
This autumn you have the opportunity to participate in the meeting that takes place in Cape Town in the autumn.
Read more about World Energy Cities Partnership at www.energycities.org or participate in our Annual Meeting 2016 where Head of Communications in Municipality of Esbjerg Thomas Reil will give a presentation about the membership that is a benefit for the entire offshore industry.