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Infrastructure Show: Single masterplanner could produce Round 3 supply chain savings

Davis Langdon director Peter Sell said yesterday that the UK Round 3 offshore wind programme could achieve significant cost savings through the use of a single masterplanner to co-ordinate the supply chain.

Sell said that, based on his experience of the Olympic Park and Crossrail projects, using one body to co-ordinate the supply chain and package contracts could deliver significant cost benefits for the Round 3 programme.

Currently the 33GW Round 3 Offshore wind programme is split between nine developers — mostly utilities — who are developing their plans separately. Sell said if all the developers could work within a mega-programme, the likelihood of competition driving up prices when the major building programme gets underway in the next two to three years could be reduced.

Land owner the Crown Estate has leased the Round 3 development zones, but although it has an active role in promoting and co-ordinating the industry, it does not actively work on wind farm projects.

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