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Osbit supercharges US offshore wind capability

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09 December 2022

Osbit, the UK-headquartered offshore technology expert, has significantly expanded its US footprint to meet demand within the country’s rapidly growing offshore wind market.

Set up in 2010 and currently operating two sites in Northumberland, as well as holding a tenancy at OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, the business has completed the first stage of its US growth strategy, which vastly increases Osbit’s presence and capability at the heart of the country’s burgeoning offshore wind community.

The company is now fully operational under its new US entity, Osbit Inc in Rhode Island and Delaware, which has been created to support the company’s ongoing engagement with the local supply chain and regional authorities. 

As part of its expansion plans, Osbit has also appointed its existing business development colleague Dustin Varnell as US Country Manager, to lead its team’s efforts on the ground and handle current opportunities.

Dustin is now based at a new facility Osbit has taken on in Providence, Rhode Island, a growing offshore wind hub. The company is now operating out of an office at CIC Providence, which is home to a rising number of offshore wind-focused businesses.

Osbit is currently developing a range of equipment to suit the specific needs of the US wind market, as well as recently delivering its Swordfish subsea to Jan De Nul and an upending hinge to an undisclosed repeat customer.

As part of offshore wind services outfit Venterra Group, Osbit is working in collaboration with many of its fellow member companies in the US region, as the Group seeks to play a leading role in the offshore wind industry’s rapid expansion. 

Venterra Group continues to invest to support the Engineer, Build and Support phases of the offshore wind farm lifecycle, providing the urgently needed capabilities required to unlock industry potential.

Chris Jones, Business Development Director at Osbit comments: "We have long been excited about the fantastic developments coming in US offshore wind, and the steps we’re now making cement Osbit’s commitment to supporting its growth. Osbit has been supplying offshore equipment to enable blue economy development for over twelve years now and we are really enjoying collaborating with and sharing our expertise with stakeholders across the US industry.”

Dustin Varnell, Osbit’s US Country Manager, adds: "Osbit Inc. is in a great position to help solve engineering and construction challenges for U.S offshore wind. Our unique approach to partnering with local companies and our expertise with a proven track record have put us in a great position to support customers here in the U.S.”

Members of Osbit’s team on a recent visit to the CIC Providence office pictured with: Jamie Buck – Rhode Island Offshore Wind Supply Chain Manager at Rhode Island Commerce (second left), Charlotte Harris – Offshore Wind Trade Officer at British Consulate Boston (third left) and Hilary Fagan – Executive VP of Business Development at Rhode Island Commerce (far right).
Osbit supercharges US offshore wind capability