Ocean Winds showcasing UK offshore wind experience
Dan Finch has worked within the renewables industry for over 30 years. Holding Engineering and Management roles at all stages from project conception, development, construction and O&M in Hydro and Wind technologies.
Dan is Managing Director of Ocean Winds UK; the UK division of the world’s 4th largest wind energy company, responsible for leading the development of commercial-scale offshore wind generation in the challenging conditions of the outer Moray Firth. Dan is also a company Board Director for several project companies responsible for the delivery of the Offshore Assets within Europe and North America.
With 17 years of experience with a Scottish utility in the engineering and commercial aspects of renewable energy, and as part of the team that delivered the Beatrice Demonstrator project, Dan joined the founding team of SeaEnergy Renewables. As part of that team, he was responsible for offshore wind farm bid proposals, where, in competition with some of the world’s biggest energy companies, SeaEnergy Renewables was the smallest successful developer in the Crown Estate’s Round Three Offshore Wind Licensing Programme.
As a result of that success, Dan went on to lead the development of up to 1800MW of offshore wind generation capacity in Zone 1 of the Round Three Licensing Programme – the outer Moray Firth, as Development Director for Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd.
Following SeaEnergy’s acquisition by Repsol in 2011, Dan went on to become Managing Director of EDPR UK, where he leads EDPR’s growing UK operation in the development of wind energy in various projects from its headquarters in Edinburgh.
As well as responsibility for the UK and Ireland he is the lead in European offshore new markets.
Mark is Head of Development at Ocean Winds. He has over a decade of experience in the energy industry, initially working in the Environmental roles on large infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, before moving into offshore wind and leading the development of Dogger Bank project(s) to their successful consent. His previous roles have included leading a Smart Grid company supporting UK Network Operators connecting more renewables through innovative technology solutions using automation, as well as leading a range of consultancy activities advising on environmental,sustainability and energy challenges for UK and Global organisations.
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Ocean Winds is entrenched in the offshore wind industry in Scotland. In 2009 when we began development of Scotland’s biggest windfarm – 950MW Moray East – we were not simply introducing a new project to the Moray Firth but a new industry to Scotland. We pioneered deeper water working (>50m) and reduced the cost of offshore power by more than 50%. Established in 2010, our UK office in Edinburgh is a global centre of excellence for the industry.
The formation of Ocean Winds (“OW”), based in Madrid, is the result of a joint venture between EDP Renewables S.A. (EDPR S.A.) and ENGIE S.A., which took place in 2019. The company is developing offshore wind projects in the pipeline (with a total volume of 6.6 GW) and under operation or construction (with a total volume of 1.5 GW). The aim is to increase the volume of projects in operation or under development to 5-7 GW by 2025, and the volume of projects at an advanced preparatory stage to 5-10 GW.OW’s main markets of focus are Europe, the United States and selected countries in Asia, where the offshore wind industry is expected to grow the most.
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The UK has a very enviable record in the installation of offshore wind. The UK has been driving this market for a number of years now and is the single largest country with the installed base for offshore wind with over 10 GW of installed capacity in UK waters.
UK strengths in clean industries:
- The UK is the world leader in low carbon and the statement on net zero by 2050 was announced recently. This will act as an accelerant for the transition to low carbon economy.
- We have made sizeable steps in the decarbonising our electricity – we are world leaders in offshore wind with above 10GW of installed capacity and committed to 40GW by 2030.
- We have driven the cost reduction in offshore wind as well as in solar – enabling cost competitive renewables across the world.
- Because of the experience gained from installing large number of wind farms (over 30) we have expertise in operation, maintenance and marine services. The UK has engineering and project management expertise that is essential in the successful delivery of offshore wind farms.
- The UK has developed a strong and stable regulatory framework to drive investments in the clean growth sectors.
- The huge scale of the UK industry has led to a growing and innovating offshore wind supply chain capability across the wind farm life-cycle, from surveys and feasibility, to manufacture and supply, installation, operation and maintenance, and related financial and professional services.
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