Offshore wind projects workshop
Best practices in management of the construction stage of offshore wind projects
21st April 2021 (10.00 – 12.00 CET)
Supervising the construction from the owners engineer perspective
David has almost 30 years’ experience in the engineering industry and is an accomplished offshore wind professional. A Chartered Engineer, David has overseen the successful delivery of major renewables projects across the UK, Europe, the USA, and Asia. He has managed high-risk developments, managed framework agreements, overseen the delivery of PMC projects and the fulfilment of EPCI contracts. David has also worked to maintain strategic client relationships, company supply chains, and overseen the pursuit and development of Joint Ventures
Provision of support during windfarm construction.
Edward Webster, RIX
Havfram, Next Generation Thinking for the Energy Transition
Gregor gained his BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture from the University of Strathclyde in 1995. Since then has been working in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years. Starting as a Naval Architect with Kvaerner Earl and Wright he then broadened his experience jobs at Houlder Offshore and Vosper Thornycroft. He then spent 11 years in various positions within Saipem before culminating as Commercial Manager SURF. Gregor joined Havfram when the Aberdeen office opened in 2012, where he holds the position of Business Acquisition Director, driving forward their SURF and Renewables Business lines.
Offshore wind installation capability
Based in Dubai, Graeme Chalmers is the Middle East regional manager for Motive Offshore Group. A member of GlobalScot, Scotland’s respected international business network, Graeme is responsible for leading the company’s operations and expansion in the region.
Graeme took up the role in January 2021, following Motive Offshore Group’s acquisition of Flowline Specialists, for whom he had worked since 2011, initially as operations manager. It was a role in which he was responsible for managing all the firm’s client operations, managing workshop personnel, and assisting with new product development.
In 2015, he relocated to Dubai to establish and develop Flowline Specialists’ successful Middle East division, while also retaining oversight of the firm’s operations. He became a chief operating officer in 2019 following changes in senior management, playing a key role in the firm’s continued development in the subsequent 18 months.
During his time with Flowline Specialists, Graeme was heavily involved in supporting its international expansion in both operational and business development roles. He assisted with the set-up of new bases in both Norway and The Netherlands, and launched the Dubai business, successfully growing operations in the Middle East and North Africa, while also working to develop opportunities in Australia and across Asia, and latterly in North America.
His contribution in growing the business internationally helped Flowline Specialists secure a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2016, acknowledging its export achievements.
Graeme’s interest in mechanics and engineering stems from his childhood when he worked on the family farm. Prior to entering the oil and gas industry aged 21, Graeme served his time as a mechanic in the motor industry. Many of the practical skills he learned during that time have proved beneficial when working with the firm’s range of modular cable handling and deployment equipment. Graeme’s first role in the oil and gas industry was with a large multi-national service company, providing an opportunity to work overseas and in different environments with many different nationalities.
In 2019, Graeme joined the committee of the newly formed Middle East branch of the Society for Underwater Technology, working with fellow subsea industry professionals based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to establish a series of events for members in the region.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British businesses worldwide. DIT is an international trade department, responsible for:
- Bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed;
- Promoting British trade and investment across the world;
- Building the global appetite for British goods and services.
DIT is looking to attract inward investors into the UK while at the same time making sure that companies in the UK can export their goods to the wider world.
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.
Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency.
Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency. Its aim is to encourage more overseas businesses to set up a location here, invest in Scottish businesses or buy Scottish products. We do this by providing information, partnering with businesses and investors who want to set up or invest here, and helping businesses find the connections they need.
We can also help businesses around the world access the huge range of high quality products and services offered in Scotland. Whether you’re looking to import our top-quality products – from whisky and salmon to cutting-edge tech – access our professional services or use our specialised expertise for your project, we can help you find the suppliers you need.