INTPOW visited the Stavanger office of Subsea 7, at the end of January, following the announcement of Subsea 7’s launch of its offshore renewables division and its signing of the alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE), Siemens plc, Siemens Transmission and Distribution Limited, Burntisland Fabrications Ltd and Atkins.
We discussed the strategy of Subsea 7 in the offshore wind industry with VP Norway, North Sea and Canada, Mr. Fitzgerald. Our impression is that Subsea 7 could be a significant player with strong EPC power in the industry. INTPOW is therefore intensely following up the discussions in Stavanger with the Head of the Offshore Wind division based in Aberdeen and aim to include Subsea 7 in its strong industry cluster available for the emerging Norwegian offshore wind supply chain.
INTPOW also visited the Norwegian Head of Fabricom GDF Suez, the Belgian firm being one of the three largest offshore oil & gas maintenance & modification players on the Norwegian shelf. We had an opportunity to discuss Fabricom’s strategy and plans for the offshore wind market. The combination of Fabricom’s offshore services and multi-disciplinary competencies is enabling it to develop modular construction for application in offshore wind farms. For eksample, it’s “Booster Technology” (BOSS concept - Belgian Offshore Substation Solution) developed by Fabricom in close cooperation with Tractebel Engineering, Pauwels, Trafo International and Iemants, represents innovative HV infrastructure for offshore wind farms. INTPOW believe that Fabricom GDF Suez could be a significant influencer and buyer in the offshore wind industry and have therefore developed strong relations to it’s offshore wind division.
During the same trip, we were able to meet with Vici Ventus to discuss its exiting international strategy. We do expect more from this utilization of Norwegian concrete experience in the international offshore wind markets – it will be exiting to follow and support the marketing of the foundations.