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Photo shows Wood's East Anglia team outside the OrbisEnergy building in Lowestoft, Suffolk. L-R: Ian Sadler, Growth & Development Manager - Process & Energy, Stephen Brown, SNS Operations Manager - Process & Energy, Kerri Plummer - Commercial Co-ordinator, Rebecca Chivers - Project Administrator (Photo credit - OrbisEnergy)

East of England a “key hub for renewable energy”, says global leader in energy consulting and engineering

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The need to produce clean energy closer to home is sharper than ever; a need that is clearly recognised within the government’s recently revealed energy security strategy.

With ambitious plans for faster expansion of nuclear, wind, solar, and hydrogen, the East of England is an ideal candidate to lead the energy transition in the UK. And global consulting and engineering company Wood recognises the east’s potential, finding a new home at the heart of it all within OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft.

A “hub for clean energy”, OrbisEnergy is a sought-after base for businesses looking to establish a presence in the flourishing Southern North Sea energy industry, and Wood is the latest to join the building’s thriving community.

OrbisEnergy Business Development Manager, Ian Pease, said: “As a global leader in consulting and engineering, Wood is an incredible addition to our ecosystem here at OrbisEnergy and highlights the East’s rising profile in the national energy landscape. We’re delighted to have them on board and enjoy the benefit of having a physical base in the region to drive the energy transition.”

Gerry Traynor, Vice President of Process & Energy for Operations at Wood, agrees: “We are delighted to establish a new regional base at the OrbisEnergy Centre. A key hub for the renewable energy sector, it is a prime location from which to propel our growth in the region as we work with our clients to decarbonise operational assets and accelerate renewable energy developments.

“The East of England is establishing itself as a front-runner in the race to net-zero, being home to some of the UK’s most progressive and advanced decarbonisation and renewable projects. Through our new base, we look forward to working together with local suppliers and clients to leverage our rich experience and expertise in order to further accelerate delivery of energy solutions that will unlock a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

And it’s a requirement that Vertas, who manage OrbisEnergy, are all too familiar with. Despite significant challenges and changes to working over the last two years, businesses still place importance on having a base to meet, work, and collaborate with like-minded companies:

Angela Grey, OrbisEnergy Building and Tenant Manager, said: “Our tenants really value the opportunity to make new connections with industry peers, seeking to collaborate and innovate within the UK’s clean growth region. Our flexible lease terms and managed working spaces offer an opportunity to do so whilst incorporating a level of fluidity and hybrid working that we’ve seen come to the fore over the last couple of years.”

Wood joins an already impressive roster of tenants at the OrbisEnergy building, including Global Wind Service, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, 4C Offshore, Oceanscan, ScottishPower Renewables, SSE, and many more.