The new office in Santiago, Chile, signals a strategic move for the company toward further developing its South American base. The Wood Group company is already working across Chile on both wind and solar projects and this new office will help to support its growing client base.
SgurrEnergy’s Vincent Burgmeier, an experienced renewable energy engineer currently based in the Paris office, will head up SgurrEnergy’s presence in Chile. The office space will be shared with SgurrEnergy’s Chilean partner, Coener.
Vincent Burgmeier, Renewable Energy Consultant, SgurrEnergy, said: “SgurrEnergy’s expansion presents more opportunities for us to utilise its global expertise to establish and grow renewable energy projects in Chile.
“This is an exciting time for renewables in the region and our strong reputation for robust, accurate advice means we are well placed to support the South American market.”
SgurrEnergy is set to offer a full range of services in the region, with the support of its South American partners, focusing on technical engineering and advisory work in the growing wind, solar and hydro markets.
The move follows an increase in SgurrEnergy’s pipeline of projects in the region and will enable enhanced local delivery of projects in Chile. In particular, the business will use its reputation for robust, accurate advice to support clients in optimisation of wind farm performance using their SgurrOptimiser package of performance improvement services, and remote sensing products such as leading lidar device, Galion Lidar.
The Glasgow-headquartered company aims to capitalise on the recent growth in renewable energy developments in Chile. The government passed a law in 2013 stating that Chile must source 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and the country is working towards this target.
The opening of the Chile office, coupled with addition of three North American offices this year, highlights the considerable growth of SgurrEnergy, which currently has 16 offices worldwide and 250 members of staff.