Two impactful days at the "Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference" in the Netherlands, together with the Latvian Investment and Development Agency and the Latvian Wind Energy Association. We explored the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, engaging in excellent meetings with the leading European energy and logistics industry managers.
The Dutch expertise and significance in the energy sector is immense, considering both – their experience in building oil and gas extraction platforms in the North Sea and developing wind parks. The Baltic Sea is unoficially called the North Sea 2.0 by achieving the energy independence goals thus underscoring the seriousness of the plan. This is how the professionals recognize potential of our region.
Liepaja and Latvia, in general, play a special role in this. There are opportunities to create new jobs, to provide existing companies with green energy, and even build new factories producing foundations, masts, blades, and possibly turbines.
This will be a significant contribution to education, including our own Maritime College, which can train sailors specifically for the construction and servicing of wind parks, offering the opportunity for a maritime career right at home instead of embarking on long journeys far away.
The offshore wind industry is substantial, and Latvia must seize this opportunity for its benefit!