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Supply chain directory highlights core strength of south west offshore energy capability.

15 November 2012

Regen SW, the renewable energy experts, has today published the sixth edition of their pocket sized supply chain directory for the Offshore Wind and Marine Energy sector. The guide features over 350 south west companies from manufacturing through to professional services who have expertise and capability which will be needed to support the growing offshore sector.

Nick Kirsop-Taylor, Regen SW offshore project manager says – “every year we publish the guide, we discover new companies and new opportunities in this exciting sector. A key feature of the south west is the strength in depth we have in areas such as engineering, marine operations, environmental sciences and advanced manufacturing – all critical services for the marine energy industry”

The directory, which also highlights the test and research facilities available across the region, will be widely distributed to technology developers, investors, international businesses and offshore energy developers to promote the south west.

The launch of the directory has been planned to coincide with a major offshore energy supply chain conference which will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 5 December. This event, which is being hosted by the offshore wind farm developer RWE npower renewables, will be used to showcase south west companies and also to highlight the opportunities for new companies entering the sector.

Nicholas Ames, managing director of Supacat Ltd, who will be speaking at the offshore conference on behalf of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership says, “There are a growing number of companies such as Supacat who have recognised the opportunities to grow their business in the offshore energy sector. Our priority is to make sure that we take advantage of this industry growth and promote our businesses both in the south west and to the wider industry market.”

The RWE npower renewables Offshore Energy Supply Chain event is free to attend and you can register online through the Regen SW website: http://www.regensw.co.uk/events/regen-sw-events-/rwe-supply-chain-event

The Regen SW Marine energy and offshore wind supply chain directory is available to download in electronic format at: http://www.regensw.co.uk/projects/offshore-renewables/offshore-supply-chain/south-west-marine-energy-and-offshore-wind-supply-chain-directory---sixth-edition

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Notes to Editors

To get a copy of the directory
To get a hard copy of this directory please contact Nicholas Kirsop-Taylor at Regen SW. nkirsoptaylor@regensw.co.uk

About Regen SW
Regen SW is a leading independent, not-for-profit, centre of expertise in sustainable energy. Its mission is to enable business, local authorities, communities and other organisations to deliver ground-breaking renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with thriving local supply chains.
www.regensw.co.uk

About the South West Marine Energy Park
The UK Government has promoted the creation of the Marine Energy Park (MEP) as part of its strategy to support the development of the UK marine energy sector.

The South West MEP was designated as the UK’s first Marine Energy Park in January 2012 and covers the geographic area from the Severn Estuary and around the coast of Cornwall to the Isle of Wight. The designation recognises the fantastic energy resources that the south west offers. This includes wave, wind, tidal stream and tidal range resources – as well as the clusters of research, industry and supply chain around the hub areas of Bristol, Plymouth and Cornwall.

The aim of the South West MEP is to create a business environment that will accelerate the commercial development of the marine energy sector. To do this the South West MEP has established a powerful partnership which now consists of over 80 organisations from the private sector, research organisations, universities and public bodies.

For more details about the South West MEP please download the prospectus at http://www.regensw.co.uk/projects/offshore-renewables/marine-energy-/marine-energy-parks

Interviews
Please contact Johnny Gowdy (Offshore programme director – Regen SW) for more information about the offshore renewables supply chain. Please contact Regen SW on 01392 494 399 or email Katrina Jackson kjackson@regensw.co.uk