With a government goal of 5 GW operational offshore wind in 2030, 16 GW of offshore projects at some stage of development off the coast of Ireland and a potential for approximately 30 GW up to 2050, Ireland aims to become a substantial offshore wind player.

This presents an opportunity for the Dutch and Irish Offshore Wind Sector. The Dutch Embassy wants to bring these two sectors together with their virtual mission focusing on the Irish and Dutch offshore wind sector running from 14-18 June 2021.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, offshore wind developments in both Ireland and the Netherlands are taking off/continue as planned. In 2020, the Netherlands installed nearly 1.5GWS of offshore wind on the North Sea, which accounted for 25% of the total installed capacity worldwide in 2020! This makes the Netherlands first in Europe on 2020 installations, and second in the world after China.

Since the birth of the offshore wind industry, Dutch companies have been globally involved in the offshore wind sector and its developments, most visibly through the large Tier 1 contractors but also through strong and innovative Tier 2 & 3 suppliers. Part of this of this involvement finds its origin in the cross-over between other offshore and other marine industries, such as oil and gas.

Virtual mission

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dublin, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Holland Home of Wind Energy (HHWE), together with Irish partners Enterprise Ireland, Wind Energy Ireland and Irish Maritime Development Office will organise a series of events focused on the Irish and Dutch offshore wind sector, consisting of:

  • Webinars (topics, among others: offshore wind developments in Ireland and the Netherlands, bottom-fixed offshore wind, floating wind, and port development);
  • 1-on-1 Digital Matchmaking; and
  • Targeted Sessions where developers and/or Tier 1 companies will be able to present themselves to a group of Dutch/Irish businesses.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the programme will entirely take place online.

Objectives of the programme are:

1. To facilitate an exchange about the current state of affairs in Ireland and the Netherlands on offshore wind;
2. Strengthen the relationships on both public and private level, between Ireland and the Netherlands, in offshore wind;
3. Encourage business and collaboration meetings between Irish and Dutch companies and stakeholders; and
4. Identify trade and investment opportunities (and barriers) for Dutch companies within the Irish offshore wind sector and for Irish companies within the Dutch offshore wind sector.

You can register yourself here. Registration deadline is June 11, 2021.

For more information, please contact Wemmechien Hofman (Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dublin) via wemmechien.hofman@minbuza.nl / +353 87 938 3501.

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