AREG Webinar – Responding to the challenges of COVID-19 in offshore renewables

July 7, 2020
AREG Webinar – Responding to the challenges of COVID-19 in offshore renewables

AREG invites you to join our upcoming webinar in collaboration with ORE Catapult where we will be discussing the impact of COVID-19 and the organisation’s response and ongoing support to the industry. The webinar will be hosted through Microsoft Teams.

Date: Tuesday 14th July

Time: 11.00 – 12.00 BST

Complete your details here and we will send you a Microsoft Teams invitation to attend.


Event Details

As the UK’s flagship innovation and research centre for offshore renewables, ORE Catapult is playing a key role in de-risking technology innovations for the sector.

In this webinar, Hugh Riddell and Callum Maxwell of ORE Catapult will discuss the organisation’s Operational Contingency Planning Group (OCPG), which was set up in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The group brings together key members of the UK offshore wind industry to support practical collaboration and action for short to medium-term challenges and impact.

Hugh and Callum will also present the results of a recent survey undertaken by ORE Catapult to identify the challenges the industry is facing due to COVID-19, including:

  • Business continuity, operations and production impact
  • Reduced scopes of work, business continuity, medium-to-long term impact and business sustainability
  • Supply chain resilience and sustainability



Hugh Riddell – Regional Partnership Manager at ORE Catapult

Hugh joined ORE Catapult in December 2018 as regional partnership manager after a career spanning over 25 years in various business development roles in the oil and gas industry with a primary focus on subsea supply chain companies. Within ORE Catapult, Hugh predominantly engages with the oil and gas supply chain in the north of Scotland and identifies ways in which we can help these companies diversify or transition into offshore renewables.

Callum Maxwell – Funding Proposal Specialist at ORE Catapult

Callum joined ORE Catapult in September 2019 as a funding proposal specialist in operational performance, after working in numerous roles, including project management officer at Glasgow City Council, Junior Voyage Manager at V. Ships, and International Marking Hub Team Lead at IDP International. Callum’s role within ORE Catapult is to engage with SMEs and businesses within the UK economy who hold innovative ideas or have products in development that require support from the Catapult and would like to approach funding sources.

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise