F4OR programme brings offshore winds of change for Teesside power and engineering specialist
01 August 2022
MJR Power and Automation has been chosen for the industry’s highly coveted Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) programme.
This will see the Teesside business participate in a 12- to 18-month programme – delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and funded by the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP), that supports businesses by increasing capability, competence and competitiveness, as they prepare to bid for work in the offshore wind sector.
The total number of companies now supported by the national F4OR Programme exceeds 80, with 42 companies already accomplishing F4OR Granted status and many more actively working toward this goal.
Speaking about the programme and being successfully selected, Paul Cairns, MD at MJR Power & Automation said: “We have over a decade’s worth of experience providing equipment engineering, mobilisation, installation and service to the offshore sector and have provided our services on a number of flagship wind farms throughout the UK, including the likes of London array and Sheringham Shoal.
“Being part of the Fit 4 Offshore Renewables initiative will open several doors for MJR – further establishing our position as a reputable and trusted supplier - allowing us to expand our business in this rapidly growing industry and demonstrate our commitment to the UK's offshore renewables market.”
Andrew Macdonald, OWGP Programme Director said: “Increased targets for offshore wind deployment to meet Net Zero and Energy Security commitments requires a rapid growth in the UK supply chain. Developers and turbine OEMs need confidence that the supply chain is ready to deliver high quality products and services on time and at a competitive price.
“The F4OR programme gives companies the knowledge and skills to succeed and companies that have been granted F4OR status are recognised as ready to deliver in the offshore wind sector. The latest national cohort for the F4OR programme has been through a rigorous selection process and I look forward to seeing them turn this potential into commercial success in the offshore wind sector.”
Andrew Stormonth-Darling, F4OR Programme Manager for ORE Catapult added: “These companies have all demonstrated from the outset that they have the right attitude and are committed to do what it takes to see the programme through. Completing the F4OR journey is no mean feat, but I firmly believe they have what it takes and I wish them every success.
“At a time when UK supply chain is in more demand than ever, I look forward to seeing what sort of mark they make as they enter or grow in the offshore renewables market.”