CASE STUDY

Enabling capability transfer from offshore oil and gas supply chains to the offshore wind sector

THE CHALLENGE

A government agency whose remit is to increase in-country engineering capability wanted to support local energy development trends and assist with the country’s transition to offshore wind. Wanting to take advantage of their country’s significant offshore oil and gas engineering skill base, they needed to understand technology challenges in offshore wind and where oil and gas capability would be a natural fit.

Related Sectors

  • Offshore oil and gas

  • Offshore wind

Related Consulting Services

  • Technology transfer opportunities

  • Scenario development & analysis

  • Targeted expert interviews

WSS ENERGY'S APPROACH

Our cross-sector project experience gave us a unique perspective on both the needs of the offshore wind sector and the capabilities of the oil and gas industry. At the forefront of our minds was to include technology and capability transfer trends from elsewhere around the world and longer-term prospects that could provide future sustainability. Having worked extensively with supply chains in Europe we also provided in-depth regional perspectives which were highly valued by our client.

KEY FACTs

26

Technology transfer opportunities identified

21

Offshore wind SMEs interviewed

11

Major supply chain segments reviewed

KEY ACTIVITIES

  • Workshops with stakeholder groups to develop an engineering capability metric which categorised engineering skills, existing developments and corporate visions regarding integration into the offshore wind industry

  • European expert workshop with UK offshore wind SMEs to identify and prioritise the needs of the offshore wind industry in the context of deep-water development and increased distance to shore. Segments included infrastructure, installation, support services and O&M

  • Deep-dive market research and targeted interviews, to provide backing to market direction hypothesis and to find further insights regarding the latest trends in offshore wind and where developments were needed

  • Segmentation of the offshore wind industry and mapping of oil and gas capabilities to highlight overlapping needs and opportunities for engineering skills development

  • Client workshops to decide on priority target skills areas and to develop roadmaps for transferring capability from oil and gas to offshore wind

"We have worked with WSS Energy for many years. They provided timely delivery of the project and great insight into aspects of the wind industry which our country is looking to gain knowledge and capability. WSS Energy was able to bridge the gap between oil and gas and offshore wind and had access to expertise our local market did not have."

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