Spotlight on Sofia at Offshore Wind North East 2020

Sofia joins NOF and Energi Coast for the third year as a strategic partner in their flagship annual event, Offshore Wind North East. This year, like so much of 2020, its virtual.

  • 03 November 2020

Spotlight on Sofia in the North East

Sofia, as part of RWE Renewables, will once again be a Strategic Event Partner for the North East's flagship annual offshore wind industry event, giving those across the sector the chance to learn about the latest developments, create business opportunities and network throughout the supply chain.

Themes for this year's two-day Offshore Wind North East event (5 and 6 November) include: North East England offshore wind projects (including Sofia); the role of offshore wind in the energy transition; innovation and a showcase on Energi Coast, North East England’s offshore wind cluster.

Members of the Sofia procurement team will be online both event days to virtually meet with people via the event's software platform, Swapcard and attendees can also visit our virtual exhibition stand to find all the latest news on the project and on the new RWE.

On Friday (6 November) there will be a not-to-be missed session from Sofia and our preferred suppliers GE's Grid Solutions and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy online from 1230 to 1330.

Entitled "Creating local jobs, regional economic benefit and supply chain opportunities" the session will include an update on Sofia from project director David Few, how we work with the supply chain from supply chain manager Helen Thomas, plus updates from Sofia contractors.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's project procurement manager Priscilla Ugoh will speak on the turbine package and GE’s Grid Solutions' executive commercial leader Neil Beardsmore will present the HVDC package. The session and Q&As will be chaired by NOF's Joanne Leng.

Sofia’s Project Director David Few said: “We are pleased to once again - for the third year running - be a Strategic Event Partner for NOF and Energi Coast's flagship event in the North East.

"OWNE2020 provides a great platform for RWE Renewables to signpost our projects and highlight opportunities, while bringing together suppliers from across the offshore wind supply chain and creating a lively marketplace for the whole sector. This is why we, in Sofia, see significant value in ensuring we have a strong presence and visibility.

“The world of virtual events is evolving but right now, when meeting face-to-face is just not possible, OWNE2020 will play a vital role in helping to keep our industry, particularly in the North East, connected and thriving.”

As part of the project's committment to supporting the development of skills and education around offshore wind, Sofia has also provided (online) tickets to the event to five staff and students from Teesside University to give them an insight into the activity of the sector, locally and on a global scale. This initiative is an activity that comes out of the project's memorandum of understanding with the University.

The full agenda for the two day virtual event can be found here with further event details available via the Swapcard app. Tickets are through the Eventbrite site