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Conference Programme

Time Details
13:00 Registration, Exhibition & Networking

Plenary 1

Industrial strategy and Scotland’s blue economy

In both UK and Scottish spheres, industrial, inclusive growth has risen up the political agenda, spurring the offshore wind sector to spell out the vast swathe of benefits it will deliver to communities across the length and breadth of the country if backed by government locally and nationally. This session will explore what needs to happen next to turn the vision into reality over the coming months and years, and what the Scottish sector is doing to ensure Scotland’s businesses, consumers and communities see those benefits on the ground.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

David Walker, Offshore Development Director, ScottishPower Renewables
Dr Stephen Wyatt, Research and Disruptive Innovation Director, ORE Catapult

Steve Chisholm, Operations Director, Global Energy Group

Q & A

15:00 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

Plenary 2A

Project speed-update: In development

Quick-fire round of updates from the developers of offshore wind projects in the planning and development phase around Scotland, giving an insight into the upcoming development pipeline for the Scottish sector.

Q & A


Plenary 2B

The global outlook

The Scottish offshore wind sector isn’t just about what projects are under development or in operation around Scotland’s coastline. This session will hear from those involved in projects further afield, from the wider British Isles to Europe and rest of the world, and identify the scale of the international opportunity for the Scottish supply chain.

Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Q & A

17:30 Day 1 Close 
Time Details
08:30 Registration, Exhibition & Networking

Plenary 3

Scotland’s place in the offshore world: building a global industry

As Scotland sees more offshore wind farms built and operating off our shores, with plans for more to come, what does that progress mean for Scotland’s global market position, and what opportunities does it present to Scotland’s supply chain? With the biggest UK project development hub outside London in the central belt, our world-leading subsea services expertise in the north east, project centres in the Firths of Forth, Tay and Moray, and a growing wealth of capacity across the length and breadth of the country, how should Scotland capitalise on its strengths to grasp this great opportunity?

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scottish Government
Jim Smith, Managing Director (Designate), SSE Renewables
Jason Fudge, Chief Operating Officer, DF Barnes

Q & A

10:30 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

Parallel 4A

From planning to deployment

With new and optimised proposals being pursued, and a new Sectoral Marine Plan and leasing round in their early stages, this session debates the priorities for projects, policy makers and stakeholders navigating the planning process towards deployment and monitoring in order to ensure development is sustainable environmentally, socially and economically within an evermore competitive marketplace.

Patricia Hawthorn, Partner, Shepherd+Wedderburn

John Robertson, Senior Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Nancy McLean, Offshore Development Manager, EDF Renewables

Q & A


Parallel 4B

ORE Catapult session 1: Disruptive Technologies
This session will look at how newly emerging technologies and influences from other sectors are driving reliability, productivity and safety, whilst realising substantial UK and international opportunities in an increasingly global market hungry for both UK experience and innovation.

Dr Philip Orr, Managing Director, Synaptec

Q & A

12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition

Parallel 5A

Scotland plc: a globally competitive supply chain

Creating the right business environment in Scotland to take advantage of this huge global opportunity is key. This session will discuss questions around supply chain investment, new market entrants, cost reduction and export opportunities, as well as synergies with and mutual benefits for other sectors.

David Stevenson, Head of Energy Supply Chain, Scottish Government

Claire Canning, Project Development Manager, ORE Catapult

Q & A


Parallel 5B

ORE Catapult session 2: O&M for Scotland - maximising the opportunity
With decades of experience from oil and gas and a growing supply chain in the critical enabling technologies that are revolutionising how we maintain and operate existing and future plant, Scotland is well placed to capture a global leading position in offshore wind.

This session will look at both direct experience of improving plant performance and some of the emerging technologies set to revolutionise operating methodologies.

Andy Kay, Head of Project Development, ORE Catapult

Q & A

14:45 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments

Plenary 6

Project speed-updates: later-stage projects

Quick-fire updates from developers of projects in advanced stages of planning and those under construction and operational.

Sebastian Bringsværd, Hywind Development Director, Equinor
Steve Wilson, Project Director, SSE

Q & A


Closing remarks 
Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult 

16:40 Event Close