Scottish Government minister to open Offshore Wind conference in Aberdeen

Offshore Wind & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2014

 Whether you’re looking to understand how Scotland’s offshore wind industry can benefit you, or how recent policy developments will affect the industry and your projects, this is the most important conference of the year.

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This year the conference will focus on the delivery of the first projects in Scottish waters, taking offshore wind in Scotland from concept to reality. We will explore:

  • Consenting the first projects: what lessons can we learn?
  • Electricity Market Reform: Can it support offshore wind in Scotland?
  • Building the projects: how can you get involved?
  • Infrastructure: How can we deliver industrial opportunities?
  • Grid: is the offshore transmission regime fit for purpose?
  • Cost reduction: how can the projects help the industry achieve our cost reduction targets?


Aberdeen Conference Centre

Tuesday 28 January 2014


10.15 am

Ministerial Address  followed by Offshore Wind in Scotland: From Concept to Reality

With all five east coast projects, representing just over 4GW of energy, now awaiting consent, Scotland’s offshore wind industry is poised to take off. Speakers:

Dr Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive, Mainstream Renewable Power
Dr Lena Wilson, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise


11.00 am

Consents: This session will look at the progress being made towards the delivery of consent decisions for the first commercial scale projects in Scottish waters. Speakers and panellists:

Jim McKie, Head of Licensing and Operations, Marine Scotland
Stephen Kerr, Inch Cape Project Director, Repsol Nuevas Energias
Andrew Thin, Chairman, Scottish Natural Heritage
Aedán Smith, Head of Planning and Development, RSPB Scotland
Annie Breaden, Policy and Consents Manager,  Crown Estate



Is the Offshore Transmission Regime Fit for Purpose?  Securing a grid connection is an essential step for any renewable energy project. This session will therefore take conference through the different aspects of the regime, exploring whether or not it is fit for purpose. Panellists;

David Hodkinson, Vice President UK Business Delivery, Technip
Nigel Scott, principal consultant , Xero Energy Ltd
Ross McGhin, National Grid


1.45pm – 3.00 pm

Procurement and Contracting: With the Offshore Wind Programme Board currently exploring how contracting models can be more effective, this session will focus on whether alliancing strategies are the answer. Speakers:

Keith Patterson, Head of Projects Energy and Infrastructure, Brodies
Jonathan Cole, Offshore Managing Director, Scottish Power Renewables
David Hinshelwood, Head of Business Development (Renewables), Babcock International Group
Malcolm Garrity, Associate Director – Renewables, Intertek Metoc
Dr Nick Hill, Director, David Brown Wind


1.45pm – 3.00 pm

Scenario Mapping – What Does It Mean? Effective community and stakeholder engagement is already central to all offshore wind projects, so what exactly is ‘scenario mapping’? Speakers  and panellists:


Tim Kooyers,  CH2M HILL
Ewen Cameron, Senior Manager, Offshore Wind Sector Team, Scottish Enterprise
Barbara Whiting, Renewables Champion, Fife Council
Phil Gilmour, Planning & Policy, Marine Scotland


3.45pm – 5.00 pm  

Project & Technology Speed Updates: 
An update from the developers of projects being progressed in Scottish Territorial Waters and Round 3 in Scotland and a range of technology developers providing solutions for projects. Speakers:

Stephen Kerr, Project Director, Inch Cape Offshore Ltd
Kate Berry, Project Manager – Offshore Development, Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (SSE Renewables/ Repsol Nuevas Energías) and SeaGreen Wind Energy (SSE Renewables / Fluor)
David Sweenie, Offshore Manager Scotland, Mainstream Renewable Power – Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm 
David Blunt, Managing Director UK, Gamesa Wind UK
Representative, Areva
Ranjit Mene, Head of Offshore Sales UK, Repower UK
Peter Clusky, Senior Manager Renewable Energy & Head of Government Relations, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe 


Aberdeen Conference Centre

Wednesday 29 January 2014


7.00am – 8.45am Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Breakfast: Speakers:

Iain Todd , Renewables Champion, Aberdeen Renewables Energy Group
Alex Hill, Chief Advisor to Government for Scotland & Northern Ireland, Met Office


Wednesday 29 January 2014

9.00 am – 10.15am: Securing the Right Investment: This session will explore the impact of EMR on Scottish projects and debate what action needs to be taken to ensure that the right policy framework is in place to allow project developers, manufacturers and supply chain to convince investment committees to release funds and what  the key sources of finance for the offshore sector are. Speakers and panellists:

Ronnie Bonnar, Managing Director, Repsol Nuevas Energias UK
Alan Shanks, Partner, HBJ Gateley
Maggie McGinlay, Senior Director of  Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, Scottish Enterprise


Wednesday 29 January 2014

11.00 am – 11.15pm: Securing the Right Investment: The potential to capture significant local supply chain benefits through the construction, operation and maintainance stages of Scotland’s Offshore Wind Projects requires fit for purpose port and harbour facilities and a trained workforce. This session will examine whether Scotland is doing enough to stay ahead of the competition. Speakers and panellists;

Calum Davidson,  Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Ranjit Mene, Head of Offshore Sales UK, Repower UK
Paul Reynolds, Senior Consultant Offshore Wind, Garrad Hassan
Rob Orr, Sector Relations Manager, Skills Development Scotland
Alf Scambler, Sector Development Manager, Aggreko


11.00 am – 11.15pm: Cost engineering solutions: The ability to achieve cost reductions is critical to the long term success of offshore wind in Scotland. This session will discuss what innovative solutions are required to build out Scotland’s offshore wind projects in deeper water and further from shore, while keeping cost reduction as a key priority. Speaker:

Chris Hill, Innovation Programmes Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult


1.45pm – 3.00pm The Global Outlook: This session will seek to put the Scottish Offshore wind opportunity within the global context, assessing how the European, and International policy context looks, how other markets are emerging and what we need to do to remain at the forefront of next generation technology development. Speakers and panellists:

Julian Brown, Chairman, Norstec

Robbie Andrews, Head of Supply Chain Strategy, Iberdrola Renewables Offshore

Cian Conroy, Senior Executive Offshore Wind Sector Team, Scottish Enterprise


Conference closes at 3.00pm








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