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Edito – Patrice Vergriete

Patrice Vergriete, Mayor of Dunkerque and President of the Urban Community

The stakeholders of the Dunkirk region confirm their will to go further, accelerate and unite to innovate and transform their industrial-port ecosystem into a model for the 21st century industry. This is an issue for the area, but also a contribution to the challenges to maintain a competitive and environment-friendly industry. Marine energies are at the crossroad of blue and green growth and represent a great opportunity for diversification. As such, Seanergy, the international convention on Marine Renewable Energies will provide a chance to exchange, accelerate the momentum and create future opportunities for all the sector’s stakeholders.

The creation of Dunkirk’s offshore windfarm may be the first French windfarm using a new process generation to enable a real redistribution of responsibilities as well as a really interesting competitiveness about prices for the electricity generated. Clearly, we will have to work together to achieve strong ambitions for Marine Renewable Energies (thermal sea power, tidal stream power or floating marine energy) within the Multiannual Programme for Energy (French Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’Énergie or PPE), in order to reinforce “the public and private investments that have already been carried out.”

The Dunkirk territory is really committed to its energy transition thanks to its competitive location linked to its natural and technical assets. As for the Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque, Marine Renewable Energies will increase the value of the port area, particularly thanks to new logistics premises to assemble the different parts of the projects but also thanks to a maintenance and service centre for the windfarm. Dunkirk and its port have a historical background in major industrial projects as well as a renowned expertise: these are opportunities for new projects in favour of industrial companies, products and services.

The area of Dunkirk has contributed to the government’s “Innovative Territory” call for applications and thus proves its commitment to think, innovate and work together in matter of creative energies to imagine the future.