Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster (NOWC) has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wind’OCC, an association of companies in the Occitanie region of France. For the Cluster, the agreement establishes a platform for cooperation with the French authorities and companies in one of the most exciting offshore wind regions in France.
“This agreement opens up a new and exciting offshore wind market for Norwegian companies. France aims for 6.2 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2028, making France the fourth largest market in Europe. The agreement connects NOWC to the regional development player in Occitanie, one of the regions of France with the greatest potential in offshore wind. Wind’OCC is a key premise provider in the process related to developing wind farms in France, which gives NOWC access to the French supplier industry – from wind farm developers to ports and other companies in the supply chain. This provides great opportunities for the Norwegian supply industry”, says Arvid Nesse, Head of NOWC
Briefly about the agreement
The purpose of the agreement is “forming a strong bond between Wind’Occ and NOWC to assist the further development of floating offshore wind supply chains in Norway and Occitanie”, which shall be conducted through the following operational objectives:
- The clusters agree to champion floating offshore wind in their respective countries as well as jointly when the opportunity arises.
- The clusters agree to seek areas of strategic benefit to their countries and regions, as well as their supply chain members through collaboration and partnership working.
- Delivering a range of activities for their members to engage in, for mutual benefit as well as cluster-to-cluster activities of a strategic nature.
Key activities will be:
The above goals will be accomplished by undertaking the following activities:
- Shared events where the membership, affiliated of both clusters are invited to participate. Topics for such events to be decided by mutual agreement between the cluster management or by input from their membership.
- Opportunities to do business – both clusters agree to disseminate opportunities for members to do business. These can take the form of ‘Meet the Buyer’ industry events in either country, knowledge of tender opportunities, innovation funding calls etc.
- Partnership working – encourage knowledge exchange between respective cluster members, affiliated and assist the members to form partnerships or joint ventures to win new business (from any of the activities outlined in 2. above) or develop new products and services.
- Dissemination – support the sharing of media campaigns, press activity, online media and other PR activity from either cluster through cluster networks e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, web sites etc
Wind’OCC is an offshore wind industry association organised under Ad’Occ, the Ministry of Development in Occitanie. Located on France’s Southwestern coast, the region plays a key role in deciding offshore wind zones, the call process and advice on local content. Wind’OCC is an industrial association of companies in the region that cover the entire value chain in offshore wind.
Norwegian offshore Wind Cluster
NOWC is a national offshore wind cluster with more than 300 member companies covering the entire value chain in offshore wind. The objective is to establish a strong supply chain in offshore wind.