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Conference Programme

Time Details
08:45 Registration & Networking

Plenary 1

Building the Future: Carbon, Cost and Competitive Technology
Location: Main Auditorium

Both UK and Scottish governments have made clear that they see the huge opportunities offshore wind can bring to Britain’s shores. In this opening session we’ll hear from leading industry and government voices, bringing Scottish and UK perspectives to set out the key opportunities for growing Scotland’s offshore wind sector in the context of recent policy announcements and technological progress.

Welcome & Chair:
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Ministerial Address:
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government

Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager, Head of Programme Asset Management, Wind Power, Orsted

Q & A

10:30 Networking Break & Exhibition

Parallel 2A

Optimising Performance: Maximising the Existing Offshore Fleet
Session coordinated by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Location: Auditorium B

With over 5GW of installed offshore wind capacity and a further 5GW under construction in UK waters, turbines ranging in size from 2MW to 8MW, and over 25% of lifetime costs coming from operations and maintenance (O&M), optimising the performance of the existing fleet is more important than ever.

This session will look at some of the most innovative O&M developments and best practice, from both operational and technological perspectives.

Chris Hill, Operational Performance Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult​

Paul Grimshaw, Software Systems Architect, Sennen
​Peter Clive, Senior Scientist, Wood 
Tom Clark, Technical Director, Octue
Wayne Mulhall, Regional Director, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Q & A


Parallel 2B

Planning for Success: A Consenting Framework Fit for Purpose?
Location: Auditorium C

2017 was a rollercoaster year for Scotland’s offshore wind consenting processes and with new applications submitted and potential new leasing rounds on the horizon, a busy year lies ahead. Join this session as leading experts from government and industry reflect on the lessons learned last year and look ahead to the upcoming activity in 2018.

Adam Ezzamel, Project Director – European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Vattenfall

Graham Black, Director, Marine Scotland
Robin Hutchison, Partner
, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Dr Richard Wakefield, Principal Marine Scientist, Atkins
Catarina Rei, Offshore Consents Manager, EDP Renewables
Lis Royle, Consents and Stakeholder Manager, and Jonathan Wilson, Lead Consent and Stakeholder Manager, SSE Renewables

Q & A

12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition

Parallel 3A

The Wind Farms of the Future
Session coordinated by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Location: Auditorium B

Offshore wind aims to be subsidy-free by the middle of the next decade, and meeting the growing demands of sectors hungry for ever-greater quantities of low carbon, sustainable energy. This session will examine some of the leading innovations that are likely to shape the larger, deeper wind farms of the future that will meet these challenges.

Dr Steve Wyatt, Research and Innovation Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Professor Paul Weaver, Professor in Lightweight Structures, University of Bristol
Simon Heyes, CEO, Kite Power Systems
Stephen Wilson, Innovation Manager, Soil Machine Dynamics Limited
Sebastian Bringsvaerd, Head of Floating Wind Development, Statoil ASA

Q & A


Parallel 3B

A Competitive, Sustainable Scottish Supply Chain: Performance, Risk and Efficiency
Location: Auditorium C

2017 reminded us of the importance of an innovative, competitive and sustainable Scottish offshore wind supply chain to the success of the renewable energy industry. This session is an opportunity to hear about the strides forward being taken to optimise the resilience and competitiveness of the supply chain and to discuss how we can best ensure Scotland’s businesses are at the forefront of services available to the growing offshore renewables sector.

Isla Robb, Offshore Wind Lead Specialist, Scottish Enterprise

Jim McSporran, Regional Director, Peterson UK Ltd
Iain Sinclair, Chief Business Development Officer, Liberty Steel UK
Mike Wilson, Chairman, Ecosse Subsea Systems

John Best, Special Projects, James Fisher Marine Services

Q & A

14:45 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary 4

Getting Steel in the Water: Project Updates
Location: Main Auditorium

Join this closing session to hear key industry players present rapid-fire updates from projects currently under construction in UK waters. Hear about developers’ experiences getting projects in the water, the lessons they’ve learned, supply chain opportunities and their vision for the future.

John Robertson, Senior Manager E&I, Crown Estate Scotland

Dave Sweenie, Offshore Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power - Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Windfarm
Mark Timmons, Senior Manager - Supply Chain Strategy, ScottishPower Renewables - East Anglia One
Steven Wilson, Project Manager, SSE - Beatrice Offshore Windfarm
Oscar Diaz, Project Director, EDP Renewables - Moray Offshore Windfarm
Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, Vattenfall - European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC)
Allan MacAskill, Director, MacAskill Associates - Kincardine Offshore Windfarm
Colin Maciver, Policy and Regulation Manager, Red Rock Power Ltd - Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm

Q & A

16:25 Closing remarks
Andrew Jamieson, CEO, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
16:30 Event Close