What a difference a year makes!
Cluster Manager Arvid Nesse. PHOTO: Arne Vatnøy/Norwegian Offshore Wind
Cluster Manager Arvid Nesse looks back at 2022, a year of many offshore wind milestones in Norway and abroad.
What a difference a year makes! 2022 will for ever be remembered as a year of many offshore wind milestones in Norway: Our government finally set a clear target of 30 GW by 2040, NVE was given the mission of searching for new areas suitable for offshore wind development, and as the year came to an end, we received the government´s plan for the framework for Sørlige Nordsjø II and Utsira North.
I am really proud of how all of you - our members of Norwegian Offshore Wind - have contributed constructively to influencing the many milestones which came our way throughout the year. We have visited several countries in 2022 and working with other markets has made me even more aware of the strong position the offshore wind industry has in Norway. We work together to find solutions and give input to our authorities. Collaboration is not just a buzzword in Norway - it is the key to a successful relationship between the industry, the government, academia and stake holders in offshore wind.
I am also proud that Norwegian Offshore Wind has been established as an important influential body, both in the home market and through Team Norway abroad. This year we have also signed MOUs with other clusters in our most strategic markets, and these will be hugely beneficial for you, the members. We are now laying down the last details for our international activities next year and will present these plans at our Cluster Meeting in January. With help from members, partners and collaborators we have identified the most strategic export markets for offshore wind. The work you are putting into the Working Groups is extremely valuable and will have an important impact for the industry. This way of working is in line with the government´s export strategy presented earlier this year. We have just received a letter of thanks from the Minister of Trade and Industry, who is very grateful for the industry´s active role to achieve a global market share of more than 10 per cent.
Our collaboration with academia has been strengthened in 2022 and will be an important focus for the cluster in 2023. Our new Innovation Manager, Christopher Harman, joined us in August and we are planning on increasing our efforts towards students and education. Competence is key to succeed with our ambitions for offshore wind, and we aim to contribute to putting offshore wind on timetables all over the country.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who have participated in our events this year. We are pleased to report that they have been very successful, thanks to your contributions. Havvindkonferansen is now established as a key meeting place for the industry in Norway. For the first time we organized Havblestto mobilize the industry in the North. We are working to make Norway the host country of the most important international meet up for the floating wind industry and are happy to announce that Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will open Floating Wind Days next year. The Norwegian embassies and the rest of Team Norway are working hard to bring international delegations to Norway for these days in May. Our partnership with NorShipping to establish a Norwegian Offshore Wind pavilion is a new and exciting chapter, and I hope to see many of you grabbing this opportunity.
2023 will also be a year of milestones, and although the authorities have listened to us so far, we cannot rest on our laurels in the upcoming year. We will work tirelessly to make sure that Utsira North and Southern North Sea II will ensure a solid and diverse supply chain in Norway and create the foundations for successful offshore wind exports in the future. I hope that everyone will rest and recharge during the Christmas holidays, so that you are all powered up and ready to face an exciting 2023!
I look forward to seeing you all in our Cluster Meeting in Stavanger in January. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.