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Tuesday 29 October 2019
Networking Lunch: 12.00 - 13.00
Conference: 13.00 - 18.00 
 TIME
Description
13.00-13.15                                          
A1:Technical Chair’s Welcome & Introduction

           An introduction to the event format, its aims and objectives and how to maximise your time throughout the event.
          Alex will be on-hand throughout to stimulate the debate, ask the important questions and capture the conversation for publication post event.

Chair
  • Alex Gauntt, Commercial Director, Irish Sea Contractors  Mike Daniel BW

    Alex Gauntt is the Commercial Director for Irish Sea Contractors, an innovative Irish underwater engineering specialist with the patented AERSUBTM in-situ subsea power cable repair solution. Alex has been involved in the development, planning and construction of renewable energy projects since 2005 with a focus on the subsea cable industry since 2011. He has an MBA, a confused heritage and is well-known in the offshore renewables and subsea cables industry. 
 13.15-13.30
A2: Subsea power cables market overview

With the annual rate of global array and export cables installations expected to nearly double in the next six years, explore the subsea power cables market with a global overview of key markets, future trends and prospective opportunities.

Speakers
  • Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Subsea UK Mike Daniel BW

    Neil studied business in Aberdeen then trained as a commercial diver spending eight years carrying out numerous diving assignments in the UK and Norwegian waters involving new construction projects, pipeline surveys, welding and inspection. He has over 27 years management experience in director and business development roles, combined with over 17 years in the subsea industry. Prior to joining Subsea UK, he spent four years managing the National Hyperbaric Centre which included saturation diving operations, hyperbaric testing and training of subsea client representatives. He has experience working in India, the Middle-East, Africa and Brazil and is currently a Director of OPITO, NSRI and the Offshore Training Foundation. Neil is also a member of the Oil and Gas Authority - Supply Chain Task Force Group and an industry advisor for the MSc Subsea Engineering at Aberdeen University.

 13.30-14.15
A3: Business Leaders Panel

Hear first-hand accounts of the subsea cable market and trends from industry leaders. The expert industry panel will discuss their approach and opinions on key market trends, developing solutions and the challenges and opportunities in the market.

panel
  • Mike Daniel, Managing Director, Global OffshoreMike Daniel BW

    Mike has been in the business for many years with over 35 years’ experience in the oil & gas and renewables sectors. Having previously worked at UDI, Rockwater, Stolt Offshore and Subocean Group, Mike joined Fugro’s Subsea construction and Installation team as a Project Manager in 2012, before becoming Business Line Manager in 2013. During his time at Fugro Mike has lead the team in successful completing many projects including most recently the Rampion Offshore windfarm array cable installation, Hywind export cable trenching, Maria pipeline trenching, Shell Gannet pipeline trenching, Humber Gateway cable installation and trenching of 77 array cables, Talisman Arkwright umbilical trenching, BP ETAP project 32km umbilical replacement, Engie Cygnus 74km umbilical trenching and Shell Corrib project.  Mike is now Managing Director of our Global Offshore Business Unit, bringing his great experience and capabilities to head the team.

  • John Price, Group Business Development DirectorEDS HV   Mike Daniel BW

    John Price is Group Business Development Director at EDS HV Group, a supplier of high voltage engineering solutions to the renewables sector.  John is responsible for managing the business development strategy at EDS including the management of customer relationships and the development of the overall strategy. John is a 20 year veteran in the energy industry, with 12 years’ experience in offshore renewables principally with JDR Cables where he was Global Sales Director. John led the development of JDR’s entry into the renewables industry from first order with Beatrice demonstrator through to 35% market share by 2017. 

  • Lazaros Theodoridis, Package Manager, Vattenfall  Mike Daniel BW

    Lazaros is currently managing the Inter-Array Cable Installation Package of Vattenfall’s Danish Kriegers Flak Project. He has been involved in all stages of the development, procurement and execution of Offshore Wind Projects with an emphasis on Subsea Cable Installation contracts. Prior to joining Vattenfall, he worked for Prysmian Group as an Offshore Installation Manager, managing the onsite construction of Interconnectors and Export Cables. Lazaros holds a MEng in Civil Engineering, MSc in Project Management and MSc in Subsea Engineering.

  • Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK Mike Daniel BW

    Maf Smith is the Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK. Prior to joining RenewableUK Maf worked at grid and regulatory consultancy Xero Energy, and for much of this time was seconded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to work on Electricity Market Reform. Between 2006 and 2011, Maf worked as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission, acting as advisor and scrutiny body to the Scottish Government. Between 2002 and 2006 Maf was Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables.

 14.15-14.45
Break and Exhibition Viewing & Networking
 14.45-15.15
A4: Asset Oracle: owner insights

Insights and lessons learned from an asset owner, with a whole life cycle perspective on subsea cable ownership and operation.

Speaker
  • Mike Lee, Partner, Transmission Investment LLP Mike Daniel BW

    Mike Lee is a recognised expert in the area of transmission design, development and operation with over 30 years’ of experience. Mike is Engineering Director for Transmission Investment heads the asset management function having worked in offshore transmission since 2010, Mike is also a director of Transmission Capital Services, which provides management services to the portfolio of Transmission Capital OFTOs. Notable achievements are:

     Successful transfer and closing of 7 OFTO projects, comprising Robin Rigg, Gunfleet Sands, Barrow, Ormonde, Lincs, Westermost Rough and Dudgeon.
    O&M bid and Technical Due Diligence on every OFTO tender to date.
    Building an industry leading asset management function for the on and offshore substations and submarine cables.
    Developing cable repair frameworks for all TC assets.
    Developing cable integrity management plans for all TC assets.
    Leading the engineering and operational aspects of a major sub-sea cable repair campaign.  

     Mike was previously System Development Manager with National Grid, with responsibility for all new connections and reinforcements to the electricity transmission system in England and Wales. This included the management of a portfolio of transmission investments with a value in excess of £1.5bn. Prior to this Mike was a National Control Room Manager. 

 15.15-15.55
A5: Market update from a RISK perspective

Deep-dive in to the cable failure trends and key insurance considerations. Includes risk exclusions & why they matter, and, claims management & risk sharing amongst parties.

      Speaker
  • Ian Bonnon, Chairman, Offshore Wind Consultants Limited  Mike Daniel BW

    Ian Bonnon has nearly forty years’ experience in the offshore wind, oil and gas, marine and subsea cable industries. Ian founded Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC) in 2011 to provide consultancy services to offshore wind farm developers and investors for the full life cycle of projects. Ian is the Chairman of OWC and has a role in overseeing all OWC’s business interests, he also acts as a lead consultant and expert witness in the offshore wind farm industry. OWC has experienced rapid growth, and is now an industry recognised leading offshore wind consultancy organisation with offices in London, Hamburg, Taiwan and the USA.  Ian started his career in the oil and gas industry before then moving into the subsea cable installation business with BT(Marine) Limited.  Ian was responsible for the procurement of all subsea burial equipment and pioneering research for effective depth of burial for subsea cable protection.  This experience gave him a good grounding in major projects from concept to completion. After leaving BT(Marine) Limited Ian was one of the founders of ETA, a very successful subsea cable consultancy business.
  • Roberto Longo, Engineering Manager, Longitude Consulting Engineers Limited     Mike Daniel BW

    Roberto has been working in the offshore industry for more than 8 years. In the last four years he has specialised in cable installation studies, working on more than 25 different subsea cable installation campaign, having the opportunity to deal with major installation contractors, cable and protection system manufacturers and Marine Warranty Surveyors. He is currently a Engineering Manager at Longitude Consulting Engineers (LOC Group) where he is leading the cable installation team, having a major role in developing cable installation analysis procedures and their continuous improvement and optimisation. Roberto is a chartered Naval Architect (CEng) and Member of RINA (MRINA).

 15.55-16.15
A6: Let's talk about risK
  • Ian Bonnon, Chairman, Offshore Wind Consultants Limited  

    Ian Bonnon has nearly forty years’ experience in the offshore wind, oil and gas, marine and subsea cable industries. Ian founded Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC) in 2011 to provide consultMike Daniel BWancy services to offshore wind farm developers and investors for the full life cycle of projects. Ian is the Chairman of OWC and has a role in overseeing all OWC’s business interests, he also acts as a lead consultant and expert witness in the offshore wind farm industry. OWC has experienced rapid growth, and is now an industry recognised leading offshore wind consultancy organisation with offices in London, Hamburg, Taiwan and the USA.  Ian started his career in the oil and gas industry before then moving into the subsea cable installation business with BT(Marine) Limited.  Ian was responsible for the procurement of all subsea burial equipment and pioneering research for effective depth of burial for subsea cable protection.  This experience gave him a good grounding in major projects from concept to completion. After leaving BT(Marine) Limited Ian was one of the founders of ETA, a very successful subsea cable consultancy business.
  • Roberto Longo, Engineering Manager, Longitude Consulting Engineers Limited 
    Mike Daniel BW
    Roberto has been working in the offshore industry for more than 8 years. In the last four years he has specialised in cable installation studies, working on more than 25 different subsea cable installation campaign, having the opportunity to deal with major installation contractors, cable and protection system manufacturers and Marine Warranty Surveyors. He is currently a Engineering Manager at Longitude Consulting Engineers (LOC Group) where he is leading the cable installation team, having a major role in developing cable installation analysis procedures and their continuous improvement and optimisation. Roberto is a chartered Naval Architect (CEng) and Member of RINA (MRINA).
 16.15-17.00
A7: Q&A with key stakeholders

Engaging effectively with key stakeholders is an essential part of delivering a project. Access insights into the regulatory and licensing hurdles that need to be overcome to enable projects, the UK's approach to developing subsea power cable projects, the capacity market and the cap & floor regime.

     Chair
  • Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUKMaf Smith BW

    Maf Smith is the Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK. Prior to joining RenewableUK Maf worked at grid and regulatory consultancy Xero Energy, and for much of this time was seconded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to work on Electricity Market Reform. Between 2006 and 2011, Maf worked as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission, acting as advisor and scrutiny body to the Scottish Government. Between 2002 and 2006 Maf was Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables.
     Panel
  • Alan Gibson, Senior Advisor, Natural England  Mike Daniel BW

    Alan Gibson is a Senior Advisor with Natural England, working within the East Midlands team with a focus on Offshore Wind Farms. Alan joined Natural England in April this year, following a successful eight month secondment to Natural England. In his previous role at the Marine Management Organisation, Alan spent nine years working as a case manager regulating and advising on Offshore Wind Farm projects. He has a degree in Environmental Biology, and post graduate study in Environmental Monitoring and control. Alan is also an associate member of IEMA.

  • Amanda Webb, Head of Interconnection & Offshore Transmission, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Mike Daniel BW

    Currently working on offshore transmission and interconnector policy, Amanda is involved with managing the current pipeline of interconnector projects and the policy for delivering connections to offshore wind farms. Amanda’s experience includes developing policy requirements for the administration of the Energy Company Obligation, a government domestic energy efficiency scheme. Prior to that she worked on energy efficiency requirements for games consoles, which were adopted by the EU. This work formed the basis of her Engineering Doctorate.

 17.00-18.00
A8: Pitch & Brew competition

A series of quickfire presentations from industry innovators pitching their products and services.

      CHAIR
  • John Price, Group Business Development DirectorEDS HV   Mike Daniel BW

    John Price is Group Business Development Director at EDS HV Group, a supplier of high voltage engineering solutions to the renewables sector.  John is responsible for managing the business development strategy at EDS including the management of customer relationships and the development of the overall strategy. John is a 20 year veteran in the energy industry, with 12 years’ experience in offshore renewables principally with JDR Cables where he was Global Sales Director. John led the development of JDR’s entry into the renewables industry from first order with Beatrice demonstrator through to 35% market share by 2017. 

      Presentations
  • Rob Lindsay, Business Development Manager, Global OffshoreRob Lindsay BW

    Before joining Global Offshore earlier in 2018, Rob was part the Tendering department at Subsea 7 i-Tech working on a variety of life of field and drill-rig support tenders. Rob also has extensive subsea burial experience working within Helix Canyon Offshore, both tendering and managing a number of subsea trenching projects in the oil and gas, renewables and electrification markets.

  • Scott Miller, Miros Group 
    Mike Daniel BW

    Specialising in technical sales, Scott Miller joined the Miros team in 2013. Primarily taking the reins of Miros’ global leadership in oil spill detection, Scott’s work also focused on the delivery of metocean insights to the offshore vessel market. As offshore operations became an increasingly central theme in Scott’s work, his ownership of the market quickly followed. From construction and cabling support to operation and maintenance activities, and everything in between, Scott enables operational efficiencies, costs savings, and informed decisions through access to accurate, real-time ocean data.   

    Miros specialises in ocean surface measurements. Harnessing IoT technology, Miros sensors deliver accurate wave and surface current data directly to the Cloud. Real-time ocean insights are presented and stored via a Cloud-based platform - accessible anywhere, anytime on any device - allowing clients to run efficient, safe and data-driven operations.

  • Saul Matthews, Head of Business Development, Synaptec Mike Daniel BW

    Saul has 27 years of global sales and marketing leadership experience, launching disruptive new technologies like Bluetooth, Skype, and now DES (Distributed Electrical Sensor) networks. These networks are already delivering capital and operational cost savings of £millions to transmission operators and will benefit offshore wind over five timescales;  Simplified busbar protection to make substations smaller during the design phase  Improved commissioning to remedy installation faults whilst contractors are still on site  Automating response to array cable faults to reduce outage time, risk and asset damage Combining real-time electrical and mechanical sensing to optimise asset use safely Asset life extension by predictive maintenance in one holistic asset monitoring system combing DES with other distributed sensing technologies, sold as a service for the first time.

  • Roel Vanthillo, Managing Director, Marlinks 
    Mike Daniel BW

    Roel Vanthillo is an industrial engineer, who has extensive experience in the offshore wind industry. Before joining Marlinks in 2015, he worked for DEME and Engie Fabricom. At DEME Roel took part in the construction of the very first Belgian wind farm C-Power. At Engie Fabricom he was involved in Belwind (Belgium), Amrumbank-West (Germany) and Butendiek (Germany) as project manager for the low voltage systems of offshore substations. Roel has a broad knowledge of offshore monitoring techniques and the requirements such systems demand. Roel holds an MBA from Vlerick and is the managing director of Marlinks. He is currently leading the VLAIO R&D project, further developing the Marlinks technology.

  • Ed Woodrow, Business Development, 23 Degrees Renewables Ltd  
    Mike Daniel BW

    Ed has recently joined 23 Degrees Renewables as Business Development Director after 19 years in the marine industry, with the past 14 years focused on offshore renewables. Ed comes from a diving industry background where he worked as the Sales Director for one of the UK's leading diving companies, playing a key role in bringing them into the renewables industry and overseeing a wide range of subsea projects including IRM, cable installation support, UXO, ROV and mass flow excavation services at over 25 windfarms across the UK and Western Europe. Since joining 23 Degrees fulltime in 2019, Ed has concentrated on the offshore power cables market, gaining valuable experience and exposure to some of the complexities of the industry working as an assistant project manager on a range of cable shore landing projects.

  • John Ransford, Knowledge Transfer Manager ‑ Energy, Knowledge Transfer NetworkMike Daniel BW

    The KTN working with Innovate UK has developed a platform to support cross sector innovation in to the Energy sector, The platform is run and managed by the KTN and includes Wind, Nuclear and Energy systems. The focus is to work with larger organizations to understand their ‘today’ challenges so that companies can offer innovative solutions.

  • David Hazell, Deputy CEO, Check-6 International Inc  Mike Daniel BW

    David Hazell commenced his front line flying career in 1989 on the F4 Phantom from RAF Wattisham in England in the Air Defence role with 56 (F) Squadron. On promotion to Wing Commander he spent 18 months in London at the Ministry of Defence before being selected to command the F3 OCU where he was responsible for all F3 aircrew training from ab-initio to the Top Gun course. David completed his RAF career with a tour in MOD responsible for Cyber Operations. He accumulated nearly 3000 hours in numerous types of aircraft. After leaving the RAF in 2011 Nutty worked in program management in the Financial Services sector. He joined Check 6 in March 2014. 



     


Wednesday 30 October 2019 
Conference: 09.00 - 16.00
 TIME
Description
09.00-09.45                                                                                         
A9: Developers Question Time

Grab the opportunity to ask your questions to our industry panel covering hot topics, common concerns & hear about their challenges to industry. Our expert panel will include representatives from offshore wind and interconnectors.

     Introduction
  • Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUKMaf Smith BW

    Maf Smith is the Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK. Prior to joining RenewableUK Maf worked at grid and regulatory consultancy Xero Energy, and for much of this time was seconded to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to work on Electricity Market Reform. Between 2006 and 2011, Maf worked as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission, acting as advisor and scrutiny body to the Scottish Government. Between 2002 and 2006 Maf was Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables.
     Panel
  • Venkata Chalapathi, Senior Lead Engineer - Cables, Vattenfall  Mike Daniel BW

    Venkata Chalapathi is currently working in the Electrical Infrastructure & SCADA department of Vattenfall as Senior Lead Engineer (Cables). His particular interest include Optimisation of Transmission Cable assets through dynamic ratings and condition monitoring of Export & Inter Array Cable Network. His interests also include HVDC Cables for Windfarms and Interconnectors with particular focus on Finite Element Analysis & Modelling of Cables, Reliability / Availability, FMEC (Failure Mode Evaluation & Criticality) Analysis and Data Driven Operation & Maintenance (DDOM). He is currently a Chartered Electrical Engineer & member of IET and CIGRE Working Group on Insulated Conductors Committee. Currently he is working within the engineering team to help develop portfolio projects by providing expert advise related to cable matters.

  • Randall Linfoot, Project Manager- Offshore, ØrstedMike Daniel BW

    Special interest in: Cable Maintenance, Cable Repair and Cable Management. Responsible for Orsted’s O&M cable strategy including the repair contracts. Has over 15 years experience in the Offshore Renewables Sector with most of that specializing in cables and cable replacement. Has been involved in full lifecycle management from initial concept through to decommissioning of cabled. Wants to see the whole supply chain develop to improve the quality of installed results, cable monitoring, and diagnostic technology. To ensure a robust sector contractors need to cater for fast, efficient, high quality and predictable cable repairs.

  • Charles Balderston, Transmission Works Package Manager, SDIC Red Rock Power Ltd  Mike Daniel BW

    Charles is currently working as OFTO Package Manager for the Inch cape Offshore Windfarm Project and is responsible for the project wide electrical design and delivery of the OFTO assets both onshore and offshore.  With over 15 years of Engineering experience, the last 7 of which have been in renewables and specialising mainly in electrical and scada systems.  He has previously been a member of the Cigre 66kV cable working group as well as GSR 020 National grid SQSS working group and authored the SQSS industry guidance note as part of that group.  Having worked on the first 66kV offshore demonstrator project at Blyth Charles has a keen interest in working on innovative areas of the industry and driving positive change to reduce costs while improving efficiency and reliability
  • Gareth Ellis, Transmission Works Package Manager, Moray East Mike Daniel BW

    Package Manager for windfarm developers with 20 years’ experience in offshore cable installation and trenching, with last 10 years specifically in offshore wind. Prior to offshore wind, Gareth has a background in oil and gas and telecoms subsea installations with specific interest and experience in trenching. He has worked on Export and Inter Array Cables at Sheringham Shoal, Wavehub, Gwynt Y Mor, Burbo Bank, Walney and Moray East in recent years gaining a wide view of both developers and contractors, methodologies and lessons learned from these key projects.

 09.45-11.15
A10: Addressing Industry Challenges

Break out into pre-booked workshops on the following topics:

Protect – Not a one size fits all solution
  • John Davies, Director Seabed Intervention, Helix Robotics Solutions 
    Richard Booth BW
    John has been within the Subsea, ROV industry for over 25 years. Initially working with the UK and overseas navies on remote control mine countermeasure ROVs and then for the past 20 years on the ROVs, Ploughs and trenchers used to support offshore oil and gas, submarine telecom and power cable installation. John has had a diverse career from working offshore, through to operations management, business development and now as director of seabed intervention for Helix Robotics Solutions Ltd. John’s expertise in the renewables sector and the trenching market merges with the core strength of Helix Robotics Solutions, which is providing services (ROV, Trenching, construction support and vessels) in shallow to deep water marine contracting operations
     Monitor – Preventative Maintenance Scheduling
  • Marc Glenn, Technical Projects Manager, EDS HV  Mike Daniel BW


    As Technical Projects Manager, Marc’s focus is on advancing EDS’s service offering capability in innovative testing and condition monitoring of HV and fibre optic cables.  Marc is also developing EDS’s Fault & Emergency department, ensuring that cable faults are located in a timely manner before handover to an EDS cable repair team to make the network available as soon as possible. Marc was also responsible for managing EDS’s recently concluded EU funded Horizon 2020 Cable Sentry project. Before joining EDS Marc was involved in project engineering and management in the oil & gas and offshore wind industries, working on EPCI contracts in the UK and Europe. Over his career Marc has developed experience in FEED, specification, manufacturing, FAT, installation & commissioning of subsea structures, umbilicals and power cables. Marc also has experience in Project Management through working for the DNO, TO and TSO in Northern Ireland in Transmission Grid Development and Interconnection.

     Repair – Strategies and rise of the framework
  • Charlotte Strang-Moran, Electrical Engineer, ORE Catapult  Mike Daniel BW

    Charlotte joined ORE Catapult in January 2018 as a Graduate Electrical Engineer after completing her BEng Hons in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. In her current role, Charlotte is actively involved in the delivery of a number of projects in different disciplines within the electrical infrastructure team. Since joining ORE Catapult, Charlotte has assumed the role of primary lead on the development of the cable management tool as part of the O&M Centre of Excellence programme.

     Contracts- Performance standards for cable laying 
  • Richard Booth, Partner, HFW Richard Booth BW

    Richard specialises in construction and engineering matters, both in the UK and internationally. He has an interest and specialism in renewables, including offshore wind. Recent instructions include six round 3 offshore wind farms in the UK, as well as offshore wind projects in French, Dutch and Danish territorial waters. He has also been engaged on two interconnector projects.  He regularly advises on procurement strategy and all forms of construction documentation, particularly high value complex EPC contracts, including cable T&I EPC contracts (both export and inter-array), foundation T&I EPC contracts, balance of plant EPC contracts, as well as EPCI and other forms of turnkey contracts.  Richard is very experienced at drafting, amending and negotiating FIDIC, NEC, JCT, LOGIC, bespoke and associated security documentation. As well as formal disputes, Richard is often asked to act in a project advisory role and he regularly acts in an advisory capacity on renewable projects. Richard is the Chairman of the UK Adjudication Society and a member of the Society of Construction Law in the UK.

 11.15-11.45
 Break and Exhibition Viewing & Networking
 11.45-12.25
A11: Measure Twice… don’t cut at all

Expert panel discussing:

    • How spending a little more on survey can pay off over the lifetime
    • Latest developments in survey methodology and data collection
    • Importance of qualitative geotechnical support prior construction
    • Common challenges and lessons learnt.
Panel
  • Tony Hodgson, Regional Strategic Sales Manager Europe and Africa, Fugro Mike Daniel BW

    Graduated from Sheffield Uni in 1976 with degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, joined Fugro Oct 1976 and has worked there for more than 43 years. Has been a Chartered Civil Engineer for 38 years with a main area of expertise in geotechnical site characterisation. Initially worked as an offshore engineer but migrated through various business lines within Fugro to a managerial position with a commercial and project management role with the nearshore site investigation business. Has been instrumental in the development of Fugro’s role in offshore wind for more than 20 years and has been responsible for Fugro business development on renewable energy (mainly offshore wind) globally since 2009 until end 2018.

  • Neil Dyer, Technical Lead (Geophysics), Cathie Associates Mike Daniel BW

    Neil has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and academic geophysics and geology, specialising in the creation of subsurface geological models using multiple measurement types. He has experience of the acquisition, processing and interpretation of terrestrial, marine and airborne data, and has particular skill in the integration and management of multi-disciplinary teams. He has worked in commercial exploration onshore and offshore for minerals, water and hydrocarbons. In the near-surface sector Neil has worked predominantly on foundations and cables projects for offshore wind, but has some experience of projects for rail, tunneling and tidal power. Neil has a BSc in Geophysics and a PhD in Environmental Science (Volcanology) from Lancaster University, UK.

  • Chris Almond, Business Development Manager, PanGeo Subsea Scotland Ltd Mike Daniel BW

    Chris has over 9 years experience in the offshore survey industry which has covered major oil and gas and marine renewable projects around the globe. He graduated from the University of Bangor with a degree in Geological Oceanography and worked as a marine Geophysicist before moving into a commercial position as Business Development Manager. At PanGeo Subsea he specialises in risk mitigation for global cable projects which cover inter array, export and interconnector cables from deepwater to landfall.

 12.25-13.05
A12: Installers Insights

Expert panel discussing:

    • Review of key drivers in the cable lay vessel sector
    • Custom vessel vs. multi-role, the pros and cons
    • Current and future trends
    • Key future challenges.
Panel
  • Kevin Robb, Commercial & Tendering Manager, Global OffshoreKevin Robb BW

    Kevin is the Commercial and Tendering Manager within Global Offshore, primarily responsible for supporting the sales team to achieve business growth within the oil & gas and subsea power cable installation sectors, and by developing compelling winning solutions as well as ongoing commercial support during project execution. Kevin has more than 30 years of combined experience in the marine, oil & gas and renewables sectors, within commercial, design/project engineering and operational and project management capacities. Kevin has BSc in Marine Engineering.

  • Bart Moens, Senior Commercial Manager, Jan de Nul  BartMoens BW

    Bart Moens joined Jan De Nul Group in 2004. He started to work as an expat on large and complex projects in Russia (Sakhalin), Dubai and Saudi Arabia (Manifa Causeway Project). After five years of field experience, he joined the office in Belgium as proposals manager for offshore cable installation projects with the preparation of complex tenders and successful contract negotiations for key projects such as the Burbo Bank and Race Bank Projects for Orsted, Borkum for Tennet and negotiated the Formosa project in Taiwan. As a Senior Commercial Manager for Subsea Cable Installation Projects, Bart will focus on building strategic alliances, identifying business opportunities and will take a lead commercial role on large and complex tenders.

  • Jack Wattel, Director Commerce, Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles Mike Daniel BW

    Jack is as Director Commerce responsible for all commercial activities within Boskalis Subsea Cables (formerly VBMS) which includes innovation, business development, sales and tendering related to subsea cable installation worldwide. Beside the main market in Northwest Europe he is also responsible for the development of new markets in US and Taiwan.  Previously, he was Managing Director of VolkerInfra Ltd and as such responsible for the onshore cable installation, trenchless solutions, landfalls and outfalls in the UK. During his time in the UK, VolkerInfra executed the onshore and landfall scopes of large interconnector projects like Britned and the East West Interconnector project. Graduated as civil engineer, Jack spent the first 10 years of his working life in the international dredging industry and was involved in major infrastructural projects like Storebelt and Oresund bridges and tunnels.  After joining the VolkerWessel group in 1990, he stood at the cradle of VBMS, being part of the very exciting first years of offshore wind cable installation and seen the industry grow to maturity. VBMS was taken over by Boskalis in 2016 and has been renamed to Boskalis Subsea Cables in April 2018.

  • Jonathan Wheatley, UK Representative, DEME Offshore Mike Daniel BW

    Jonathan Wheatley has been working in the Offshore Wind industry since its inception.  Initially involved in Marine IT Infrastructure, in 2013 he moved to VBMS and worked as a Senior Consultant. For the last five years, Jonathan has represented Tideway (now DEME Offshore part of the DEME Group) in the UK as well as Global Interconnector projects.  DEME Offshore are a leading global player in Offshore Wind and as a Marine Contractor installs all aspects of an Offshore Wind Farm from Cables and Foundations to Topsides and Turbines.  He was the project sponsor for the Hornsea One Export Cable project and has written extensively on the application of innovation in the renewables sector.

 13.05 -14.05
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing & Networking
 14.05-14.50
A13: Leaders in Cable Design, Test & Manufacture

Expert panel discussing:

    • Why 66kV? An OEM's take
    • HVDC vs HVAC technologies
    • The challenges with dynamic cables. A floating perspective.
    • What is the impact of turbine sizes > 10MW on Array Cable Design? 
    • Are there more cable innovations possible in the future or have we reached the best optimised design?
    • How do we ensure lessons learned from earlier projects are implemented across the industry?
panel
  • Jeremy Featherstone, Technology Manager - HV & Renewables,  JDR CablesMike Daniel BW

    Jeremy Featherstone is a Chartered Engineer, and is the Technology Manager for Renewable Cables at JDR Cable Systems Limited. JDR supplies subsea umbilicals and power cables, in particular inter array subsea power cables for offshore wind farms. JDR has two manufacturing facilities in the UK and since 2017 has been part of the TF Kable group of companies, a major cable manufacturer based in Central Europe. Jeremy has worked in subsea cables for some 30 years. He started his working life at SMD on subsea telecom cable burial equipment, then moved to Global Marine Systems on telecom cable installation, followed by Centrica Renewable Energy on subsea power cables for offshore windfarms, and now JDR, where he leads the technology development team.

  • Alex Neumann, Asset & Business Development Manager, HV Electrical, ORE Catapult  Alex neumann BW
    Alex Neumann is the Technical Manager and Head of the of the ORE Catapult’s HV testing facilities, having developed a specialist centre for electrical power system technology certification, testing, fault finding and problem solving to facilitate the development of future electrical power systems.  The HV team and facilities at the Catapult provide specialist services for HV cable system development and associated research. Alex is a Chartered Engineer and has a MBA, having graduating as an Electrical Engineer from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.  Prior to joining the Catapult, Alex worked as a Power Systems’ Consultant with PB Power after moving from South Africa where he undertook operational and planning roles with Eskom Transmission
  • Rory Shanahan, Manager - Offshore Wind, The Carbon Trust Mike Daniel BW

    Rory’s been with the Carbon Trust for over 4 years and is project manager of the Electrical Systems & Cables research areas of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), Carbon Trust's flagship research & development programme between Carbon Trust and nine leading offshore wind developers. Rory also manages the dynamic export cables project as part of the Floating Wind JIP, a collaborative R&D initiative between Carbon Trust and fourteen leading offshore wind developers. Rory’s a qualified Electrical Energy Systems Engineer.

  • Ralph Steinberg, Senior Sales Manager, Submarine Cable Products, Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable Co., Ltd (ZTT) Ralph Steinberg BW2

     
    Ralph, who assumed his current position on 1st September 2019, is responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies, creating new business opportunities and providing technical support for existing and new clients in Germany, Belgium, Netherland, Scandinavia and Poland. Prior to joining ZTTSC, he worked over 6 years at JDR Cable Systems Ltd. as a Sales Manager for Subsea Power Cables and previously over 22 years at nkt cables GmbH. 

 14.50-15.20
A14: Cable Repair Strategies

Expert panel discussing:

    • The rise of the cable repair framework
    • New developments in terms of contracts and technologies
    • The role of people: skillsets and mindsets
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  • Andrew Lloyd, Director of Power Cables, Global Offshore Andy Lloyd BW

    As Director of Power Cables, Andy is responsible for business and project growth at the company. Andy joined the Group in 2000, gaining a wealth of experience managing both telecom and power cable related installation and maintenance projects within Global Marine, before moving across to Global Offshore, the Group’s power focused part of the business, in 2017. Prior to joining the Global Marine Group, Andy worked as a Project Manager with a Subsea Pipeline Installation company where he managed a wide variety of installation projects worth in the region of £600million. Andy holds a B.Eng. (Hons) Marine Systems Technology from the University of Plymouth.

  • Jack Wattel, Director Commerce, Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles Mike Daniel BW

    Jack is as Director Commerce responsible for all commercial activities within Boskalis Subsea Cables (formerly VBMS) which includes innovation, business development, sales and tendering related to subsea cable installation worldwide. Beside the main market in Northwest Europe he is also responsible for the development of new markets in US and Taiwan.  Previously, he was Managing Director of VolkerInfra Ltd and as such responsible for the onshore cable installation, trenchless solutions, landfalls and outfalls in the UK. During his time in the UK, VolkerInfra executed the onshore and landfall scopes of large interconnector projects like Britned and the East West Interconnector project. Graduated as civil engineer, Jack spent the first 10 years of his working life in the international dredging industry and was involved in major infrastructural projects like Storebelt and Oresund bridges and tunnels.  After joining the VolkerWessel group in 1990, he stood at the cradle of VBMS, being part of the very exciting first years of offshore wind cable installation and seen the industry grow to maturity. VBMS was taken over by Boskalis in 2016 and has been renamed to Boskalis Subsea Cables in April 2018.

  • Sean Rivers, Consultant Engineer, Xodus Mike Daniel BW

    As a Consultant Engineer in the Interconnectors & Cables department of Xodus Group, Sean has supported a number of cable system owners in developing their O&M strategies. This has included assessment of repair response options considering a range of business drivers and supply-chain approaches. Sean brings 8 years’ experience in the renewables sector, having worked for Siemens Wind Power, Technip Offshore Wind, and Jan de Nul Group. He was the Lead Project Engineer for the installation of export and array cables for Burbo Bank Extension OWF, and Changhua Demonstration OWF in Taiwan. He has a breadth of first-hand knowledge gained from working on the design and execution of subsea cable and umbilical projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. At Xodus Group, Sean is responsible for supporting subsea cable projects through concept, design, construction and the life of assets.

 15.20-15.50
A15: Decommissioning SUBSEA CABLES

Insights into decommissioning subsea cables.

  • Jamie MacDonald, Principle Engineer, Xodus  
    Mike Daniel BW

    Jamie MacDonald is a Chartered Engineer with 7 years’ experience who routinely delivers projects from concept studies to decommissioning. Jamie sits within our Renewables team but is regarded as a multi-disciplined engineer with varied experience across many subsea and offshore development and construction aspects. Jamie has recently completed an offshore project lead role for a multi-million pound decommissioning campaign for two SNS subsea tieback. Prior to that Jamie completed an important renewables interface role whilst on a 12-month secondment in Japan and project managed a study to understand the current status of oil and gas decommissioning on a global scale, the findings and results of which were utilised by Japanese E&P companies to more effectively and efficiently manage their decommissioning projects and liabilities. Furthermore, Jamie co-authored and presented a paper at AWTEC 2018 in Taiwan on how renewable developers can apply ‘big data’ to enhance their asset management and maximise returns. 

 15.50-16.00
A16: Summary & Closing Statement

Chair’s summary of the event and overview of next steps.

 

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