Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Equinor have entered a partnership to address some of the major hurdles faced by the UK’s offshore renewables sector.

The new partnership will build on previous collaborations between the two organisations.

ORE Catapult Technology Development director Tony Quinn said: “With a long history of collaboration between ORE Catapult and Equinor , this agreement was a logical next step that we are very excited to see come to fruition.

“Supporting Equinor in developing solutions to key challenges for the sector, across skills, O&M, and energy integration, in particular, will generate exciting outcomes for the industry moving forward.”

Under this new partnership, the two firms aim to jointly invest in technology readiness for offshore wind.

They will also focus on developing the industry’s skill set in operations and maintenance (O&M), wind turbine reliability, and on energy integration.

The partners will also focus on key areas such as supporting the UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal, expedite innovation, and creating new opportunities in clusters across the UK.

Going forward, the partnership scope could also include hydrogen electrolysis and battery storage segments.

Equinor North Sea Renewables senior-vice-president (SVP) Trine Borum Bojsen said: “We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with ORE Catapult, building on our relationship developed in North East England and around our floating wind project, Hywind Scotland, where we have previously collaborated to share data.

“We look forward to working together on initiatives across the UK that will help to develop a more competitive UK supply chain, deliver new innovations and support the talent of tomorrow entering the industry.”