Marine Energy

Liverpool Bay and the Southern Irish Sea has the second highest concentration of offshore wind turbines in the world. It was the site of the first commercial scale windfarms in the UK that have now been in place for over ten years. There is a live project pipeline valued in excess of £4.8bn.

There is 1,931MW installed from 530 turbines with a further 918MW due for installation from 2016.

Developers include DONG Energy, Vattenfall, RWE, E.On, SSE and Iberdrola.

The first commercial deployment of next generation turbines from both Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Vestas and Siemens (8MW and 7MW respectively) will be in the Irish Sea starting in 2016.

The UK headquarters for leading suppliers including ABB, Siemens and Vestas are within a 60km radius of the Port of Liverpool.

One of the world’s longest high voltage direct current submarine power cable is under construction in the City Region by National Grid and Iberdrola to bring power from Scotland to England and Wales.

The LEP and its partners work with the major developers and suppliers to operate from the City Region and place contracts with our companies.

The City Region has a strong and vibrant supply chain supporting the marine energy sector. From legal and insurance specialists, through marine construction and logistics to specialist systems and equipment manufacturers there are over 140 companies active in the sector. The three City Region based companies offer an insight into the breadth of expertise and diversity in this sector.