Offshore Wind Conference 2023 Programme

Day 1

Registration, Exhibition & Networking


Session 1: Opportunity of a pipeline

Scotland's offshore wind sector is set to transform our coastlines on a scale the country has never seen before with a pipeline of projects that will have a huge enabling effect across the sector. This session will take stock of where we are now and what has been delivered so far as the renewable energy industry makes the most of this opportunity.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables


Exhibition & Networking


Session 2: Setting foundations for the future

Whilst pockets of offshore wind excellence exist in our local supply chain, Scotland has no green industrial strategy. Projects, ports and suppliers are operating commercially in competition with each other which can impede the growth of our industrial base and supply chain, meaning missed opportunities for investment and green jobs. This session will explore what is needed to create a true sense of direction for this critical Scottish industry and how we ensure the delivery of our net-zero ambitions as well as a world-class renewable energy supply chain. 

In this session we’ll cover:

  • Scotland's true offshore wind vision
  • The size of the prize - what is the opportunity arising from this accelerating industry
  • What direction we need to go and what the Scottish supply chain needs to succeed in wind 

Davis Larssen, Chief Executive Officer, Proserv


Exhibition & Networking Lunch


*NEW* Meet-the-Buyer Business Booths

13:00 - 16:30

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet key offshore wind project procurement teams. 

Offshore wind developers have outlined their commitment to the development of the Scottish supply chain. To support this they are joining us at the Offshore Wind Conference 2023 for our new Meet-the-Buyer Business Booths.  

Taking place in the exhibition hall, the session will bring together companies from all levels of the supply chain and key project buying contacts. Suppliers attending one-to-one meetings in our business booths will learn all they need to know about how to get involved in upcoming bidding processes and have the opportunity to share their organisation’s solutions with procurement teams from this rapidly-growing sector.


Session 3: Build it and they will come

Sponsored by Port of Cromarty Firth

In October 2021, the UK Prime Minister announced that up to £160 million will be made available for investment in port and manufacturing developments that aim to bring us closer to the scaled-up deployment of floating offshore wind needed to meet our ambitions and wider net-zero objectives. This investment alongside other initiatives, such as the Green Freeport programme, underline one common goal: that our Scottish ports and facilities require much needed development if we are to deliver our offshore wind ambitions. 

This session brings together key figures from government, supply chain and private investment to answer the age old question - which comes first: the chicken or the egg? 

In this session you will learn:

  • How the Green Freeport programme is playing out and if it will deliver for offshore wind
  • Will Floating Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme (FLOWMIS) touch the sides and, if not, what else do we need to deliver local manufacturing facilities
  • What are the barriers to private investment and how do we overcome them 

Joanne Allday, Strategic Business Development Manager, Port of Cromarty Firth


Drinks Reception

All delegates, exhibitors and Day 1 speakers are welcome to join this drinks reception taking place in the exhibition hall. 


Day 1 close


Offshore Wind Conference Dinner 2023, sponsored by Crown Estate Scotland

All delegates of the Offshore Wind Conference 2023 are invited to join a special Burns Supper taking place on the evening of Day 1 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - a short walking distance from the conference venue. This is a paid event and all delegates must book a table or ticket to join this evening event. Read more. 

Day 2

Registration, Exhibition & Networking


Session 4: Scotland’s short-term pipeline - project updates

No-one can be in any doubt about the scale of the renewable energy opportunity in Scotland but the sector is nothing without delivery. Reflecting on the offshore wind projects already generating green energy and examining the key elements needed for the success of our short-term pipeline, this session will capture key achievements to date and delve into the details of the recent round four CfD winners.  

In this session you will learn:

  • How near-term offshore wind projects are setting out to define a new era of power from the seas
  • Key barriers and opportunities between now and 2030 - and how to overcome them
  • Updates from the projects which are already becoming household names in Scotland

Ministerial Address


Exhibition & Networking


Fireside Chat: Talking Innovation and Targeted Oil & Gas (INTOG)

While ScotWind set the bar for offshore wind in Scotland, many of the projects which it will deliver are many years away. Crown Estate Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil & Gas leasing round, designed in response to demand from government and industry to help achieve the targets of the North Sea Transition Sector Deal, could deliver smaller projects more quickly.

So what are the opportunities - and the pitfalls - from this two-tier approach? And can innovation in oil and gas deliver a new future for the renewable energy industry?


Session 5: Getting grid right

Session sponsored by WSP

With the UK Government’s Offshore Transmission Network Review and National Grid ESO’s Holistic Network Design pointing to big strategic changes, the electricity grid is on everyone's mind. In this session we’ll present some deeper thoughts about offshore wind’s place in Scotland and the UK’s energy future.

In this session you will learn:

  • The key policies guiding grid - and what might the future of transmission look like
  • How emerging sectors could form holistic energy hubs and clusters in our seas
  • How we can deliver the system we need for 2030 while growing our grid and technology supply chain

Exhibition & Networking Lunch


Session 6A: Innovation for the nation - how new thinking and new technology can conquer the seas

In association with ORE Catapult

With ScotWind unleashing deeper water and higher wind speed sites across both fixed and floating, and INTOG coming hot on its heels, the need for innovative solutions in Scottish wind farms has never been greater. Where are we going to see game-changing innovations that will make a difference for the next-generation of wind farms outside the OEMs’ race to the top on turbine sizes?
In this session you will learn:

  • Why innovation is as important as ever for Scottish offshore wind
  • About technologies which will shape offshore wind’s next decade
  • About the funds and support systems which exist to drive offshore innovation to the next level - at lowest cost

Session 6B: The long view - ScotWind project updates

Things are ramping up as the 28GW of ScotWind leasing projects begin to progress. This session will focus on the incredible pipeline which we will see develop over the coming decade and will give many of the successful ScotWind project developers the chance to update you on their sites, the opportunity in front of them and the challenges that lie ahead. 

In this session you will learn:

  • What work is already underway to deliver ScotWind
  • What technologies are being considered - and the implications of those choices
  • How offshore wind and green hydrogen will interact to play one of the energy transition’s starring roles

Exhibition & Networking


Session 7: Consenting - the road to realisation

The consenting process is a vital part of delivering offshore wind projects. As new demands are placed on regulators from across the energy transition, what more could be done to ensure a smooth path forward to kick start the future of offshore wind?

In this session you will learn:

  • What leading legal experts think about the lessons learned from past experience and what they think would benefit the consenting process
  • The view from key regulators on fast-tracking offshore wind
  • How governments have moved to speed this time-intensive process - and what more could be done

Day 2 close

Sponsors & Supporters

Links to sponsors' websites will open in a new browser tab.