CORE - Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering
Renewable energy, and particularly offshore wind, has great potential both for contributing to economic growth in North Kent and wider goals to do with reducing the UK's reliance on carbon-based energy. The South East Centre for Renewable Offshore Engineering (South East CORE) lies at the heart of our ambitions to grow the renewable energy sector.
The South East CORE is one of six such areas in England designated by Government as being the most suitable to meet the needs of the offshore renewable energy industries, and where businesses looking to invest in manufacturing and services associated with the offshore renewables sectors will receive the most comprehensive support possible. Originally the Kent CORE, it was reconfigured in May 2014 to include parts of Essex. The South East CORE now covers the wider Thames Estuary and extends from the Medway-Swale Arc and Ramsgate on the Kent coast up to Harwich and Brightlingsea on the North Essex coast.
The Thames Gateway Kent Partnership, with additional support from Thanet District Council, sponsored a project in 2014 to enhance the capacity of the Kent CORE. The project, led by Locate in Kent with input from Business Support Kent CIC and BVG Associates, concluded in October 2014. It included a feasibility study into industry-led support for the offshore renewables sector in Kent & Medway, strengthening business networks and communications - including expanding and enhancing the Kent Wind Energy web portal - and action planning development of the supply chain. A revised brochure describing the South East CORE in more detail was published in early 2016: you can download a copy here (pdf, 3.2Mb). The national CORE brochure, Building Offshore Wind in England (pdf, 3.7Mb), is available for download here: information about the South East CORE can be found on pages 42-47.
Kent County Council commissioned the University of Chichester to investigate the current supply chain for offshore wind and gap opportunities in Kent and Medway. The project was part-funded under the EU INTERREG IVa Fusion programme, which aims to support businesses to develop ways to become environmentally sustainable and help the expansion of the low carbon sector. The Final Report (October 2013) is important background to Thames Gateway Kent Partnership's project to enhance the capacity of the Kent CORE, including support to maximise supply chain opportunities. You can view or download a copy here (pdf, approx 5Mb).