Jackson Hogg Director Richard Hogg met yesterday with former former Secretary of State for Defence and Minister of State for Energy Sir Michael Fallon. The former Darlington MP has been commissioned by local firm Wilton Engineering to assess the impact of the Government’s policy towards domestic wind farms. The report assesses the success of local engineering firms such as DeepOcean and Offshore Structures in winning international contracts as well as the extent to which government spending in the renewable energy sector goes to British companies. In reference to the challenges of awarding offshore work locally, Sir Michael said “My report aims to consider best practice and assess any obstacles that need to be overcome”.
Richard was excited to talk with Sir Michael about the opportunities for engineers in the North East resulting from the report. “We hope this report gives the sector the tools it needs to ensure that local communities receive the economic benefits of the growth of offshore wind”, says Richard. A recent report by Renewable UK found that up to 48 percent of the spending on planning, building and running domestic offshore projects goes to UK companies. Sir Michael’s report suggests practices which could enable the sector to achieve a 2020 target of sourcing at least 50 percent of its work in Britain.
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