Offshore Wind Industry Council

The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is a senior Government and industry forum established in May 2013 to drive the development of the world-leading offshore wind sector in the UK.

The OWIC is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, and is the sponsoring body of the Offshore Wind Programme Board - a joint government / industry body responsible for driving cost reduction in offshore wind.

The OWIC is co-chaired by Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager of DONG Energy and Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock - reflecting government and industry commitment to the continued success and growth of the offshore wind sector. Membership comprises of government and public body representatives alongside senior executives from the development and supply chain community.

The OWIC replaces the Offshore Wind Developers Forum (OWDF) which was established in 2010 to facilitate the delivery of the Government's ambitious plans for offshore wind energy. Its key purpose was to bring together government and industry to find solutions to barriers which have the potential to impede the viability and deliverability of offshore wind in the UK and also to maximise benefits to the UK economy.

The UK Offshore Wind Supply Chain: A Review of Opportunities and Barriers

On 12 November 2014 the Rt Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, launched an independent review of the offshore wind supply chain in the UK.

Conducted by Matthew Chinn of Siemens, the objective of ‘UK Offshore Wind Supply Chain: A Review of Opportunities and Barriers’ was to understand what more could be done to support the development of the UK supply chain, in order to capture maximum economic benefit from the UK’s position as the world leader in offshore wind development.

For more information please download the introduction by Benj Sykes, Joint-Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council, and the report below:

The UK Offshore Wind Supply Chain: A Review of Opportunities and Barriers – foreword by Benj Sykes (PDF, 0.08 MB)

The UK Offshore Wind Supply Chain: A Review of Opportunities and Barriers (PDF, 0.69 MB)

Most recent forum papers

OWIC meeting 3 November 2014

Minutes 3 November 2014 (PDF, 0.26 MB)

Please note that this page contains only the most recent OWIC papers. For archived papers, please visit:

Downloads page.

Further information

Membership list

OWIC membership list (PDF, 0.18 MB)

Offshore wind industrial strategy: Business and government action (PDF, 0.9 MB)