Offshore Wind - Show Floor Seminar Theatre

Offshore Wind - Show Floor Seminar Theatre

15 May 2019, 10:30 - 16:30

Offshore Wind Show Floor Seminar Theatre

Sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

10:30 | How to win an offshore wind CfD auction – examining the role contract strategy selection has to play
Ian Chester, Senior Commercial Specialist, ESB Ireland 

10:45 | Extracting data requirements for realistic uncertainty evaluation
Rafael Dawid, Applications Engineer, Sennen Tech LTD

11:00 | Aligning data requirements for realistic uncertainty evaluation
Dr Peter Clive, Principal Wind Energy Consultant, Black & Veatch

11:15 | Site investigations: How to take away the pain
Mark Finch, Managing Director, Ternan Energy 

11:30 | Marine Scotland and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm – Post Consent Challenges
Elizabeth Reynolds, Consents Advisor, Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Limited and Jessica Drew and Giuila Agnisola, Marine and Offshore Casework Manager, Marine Scotland 

12:00 | Skills and labour requirements of the UK offshore wind industry
Rob Murphy, Workforce Planning Consultant, Energy & Utility Skills

12:30 | CCC – Critical Considerations for Chartering 
Kirstin Ejsmont, Associate Solicitor, Mackinnons Solicitors 

12:45-13:30 | Workshop on ‘Cross-Industry Approach to Consent & Condition Management’ run by Xodus, Marine Scotland and Offshore Wind Developer

  • Xodus is embarking on an open, cross-industry dialogue to create a simple online system which can be used to help manage the consent process 
  • The developers, stakeholder and regulator community are needed at this session to help all learn from the past and design something for the future
  • An initial 10 minute presentation on the key issues will be followed by an interactive workshop session which will be used to capture the lessons learned from the past in order to design the future

13:30-14:00 | Sponsor’s session - Decommissioning - a new phase for offshore wind
Scott McCallum, Partner and Stephen Maughan, Associate, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

14:00 | Challenges of decommissioning offshore wind farms: overview of the European Experience
Eva Topham, Project Engineer, DNV GL

14:15 | The human side of emergencies
Claire Forbes, Managing Director, Response Consultants UK Limited  

14:30 | Improved safety in offshore wind operations: the case for better weather and sea state data 
Gunnar Prytz, CTO, Miros AS

14:45 | SeaSmart: Autonomous Underwater Inspection of Offshore Wind Arrays and Cables 
Dr Jonathan Evans, Director, MarynSol 


15:15-16:30 | Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub (EIRH): Research and collaboration opportunities 
The EIRH is a new research hub which brings together the key expertise of Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Manchester. Progress in the offshore sector is currently restricted due to issues with electrical infrastructure, be it reliability, affordability or the need to innovate for the future there are a swathe of emerging challenges which need to be answered coupling this with the change in the whole energy system and the disaggregation of the local energy system it is an opportune time to host this session. The 90-minute session is aimed at SMEs, OEMS, research funders and academics. 

  • Introduction to the offshore Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub - Keith Bell, Professor of Smart Grids and a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, University of Strathclyde / Paul McKeever, ORE Catapult 
  • Future offshore wind collection grids - a drive to reduce costs and improve availability - Michael Smailes, ORE Catapult
  • Wind and storage: synergies and challenges - Ander Madriaga, ORE Catapult 
  • Reliability improvement: uncertainty-based converter design - Chunjiang Jia, ORE Catapult
  • The HOME Offshore Project – Combining Robotics, AI and Advanced Sensing for Wind Energy - Mike Barnes, University of Manchester
  • ORACLES: Offshore Renewables Accessibility for Crew transfer, Loss Estimation & Safety, David McMillan, University of Strathclyde 

Q&A session


Programme subject to change


  • Ian Chester


    Senior Commercial Specialist

    ESB Ireland

    Ian is supporting the growth of ESB’s offshore wind portfolio in Ireland and the UK through new project development and acquisitions. He has more...

  • Gunnar Prytz


    Chief Technology Officer

    Miros AS

    Gunnar Prytz holds a Ph.D. in Physics from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. He had several roles from Scientist to R&D Management in ABB from 2001 to...

  • Claire Forbes


    Managing Director

    Response Consultants UK Limited

    Claire first became involved in emergency response in 1999 while studying at university, by taking part-time work as a role-player in exercises...

  • Eva Topham


    Project Engineer

    DNV GL

    Eva is an industrial engineer specialising in Renewable Energy with a MSc in Offshore Renewable Energy from Strathclyde University (Glasgow). Eva is...

  • Liz Foubister


    Specialist, Offshore Renewables

    Xodus Group Limited

    Liz was a co-founder of the environmental consultancy AURORA Environmental Limited in 2000. AURORA was bought out by Xodus Group Limited in 2007 and...

  • Giulia Agnisola


    Marine and Offshore Casework Manager

    Marine Scotland

    Giulia joined the Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team ("MS-LOT") in 2017 after having completed a MSc in Marine Planning for Sustainable...

  • Jonathan Evans



    MarynSol Ltd

    Dr Jonathan Evans founded MarynSol in 2016 with the aim to bring the advantages of marine autonomy to new industry sectors, including offshore and...

  • Kirstin Ejsmont


    Associate Solicitor

    Mackinnons Solicitors

    Kirstin is a commercial solicitor with a particular focus on the marine environment. Her varied workload includes aspects of marine and offshore work...

  • Elizabeth Reynolds


    Consents Advisor


    Liz Reynolds is the lead consents advisor for Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Limited (BOWL), a 588MW wind farm project off the east coast of Scotland,...

  • Mark Finch


    Managing Director

    Ternan Energy

    Mark Finch is a Chartered Civil Engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience of geotechnical engineering and installation analyses in the offshore oil...

  • Rob Murphy


    Workforce Planning Consultant

    Energy & Utility Skills

    Rob has worked in the learning and skills arena for more than two decades (specifically in the energy and utilities sector for 15 years) and has...

  • Scott McCallum



    Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP

    Scott is a Partner in the Planning and Environment team. Scott has extensive experience in high value contentious and non-contentious planning,...

  • Ross Sloan




    Ross Sloan is a mechanical engineer recently graduated from the University of Glasgow. He was the top graduate in his year and is now working as an...

  • Jessica Drew


    Casework Manager – Compliance Monitoring

    Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team

    Jessica has worked in the Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team ("MS-LOT"), since 2015 initially as a casework officer and since 2016 as a case...

  • Peter Clive


    Principal Wind Energy Consultant

    Black & Veatch

    Peter has 17 years wind industry experience. He pioneered the adoption of LiDAR wind measurements and statistical techniques like Response Deficit...


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