The Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) program is designed to support the development of an increasingly competent, capable and competitive UK offshore renewable energy supply chain, thereby maximizing opportunities for UK specialists, both both nationally and internationally.
With this new accreditation, combined with years of experience in the marine sector, Houlder can demonstrate that it operates the key management systems and has the core competencies needed to succeed in the offshore renewable energy sector.
The UK has increasingly ambitious renewable energy targets as it moves away from fossil fuels, recently announcing its target of 50GW of offshore wind capacity in operation by 2030, including 5 GW of floating wind power.
Supporting the energy transition requires a comprehensive understanding of the levers that influence the decision-making of developers and the identification of optimal solutions for a given site. This complex challenge requires new thinking in engineering, design and project delivery that aligns with Houlder’s business strategy for growth in the energy transition.
Houlder entered the F4OR program in mid-2021, which then saw the company assessed through a two-phase assessment process. The first, an industry-independent “Commercial Excellence” phase, focusing on core business management systems. This determined that Houlder was already a highly competent and capable organization, with systems in place that met the standard of effectively advising offshore energy clients.
The second phase, which was sector-specific, focused on the key skills required for successful operation within the offshore renewable energy industry. During this second phase, Houlder joined a series of webinars featuring other members of the cohort (companies seeking the same accreditation). These sessions involved candidate companies sharing their knowledge and creating action plans with the aim of improving and exceeding expectations of internal business processes related to different parts of the offshore renewable energy sector.
“This accreditation further confirms the impact of Houlder’s work in this sector over the past decade,” said Mark Goalen, Director of Offshore Engineering, commenting on Houlder’s new status. “Our work in the area of offshore renewables has grown significantly over the past decade, with this area representing a crucial part of the global decarbonization campaign. Our team, made up of people experienced in the maritime industry – from naval architecture to engineering – has constantly adapted to the changing needs of customers, which remains the key to our success. We look forward to continued learning and improvement, to maximize the value of our expertise in this area. Our goal is to play a continuing and increasingly influential role in the development of the offshore renewable energy supply chain.
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