Programme

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Time                   Description
08.30 - 09.15

Registration and exhibition opening

09.15 - 10.30                                                                                       

A1: In Deep: The Global Opportunity in Floating 

With floating structures, wind power can expand at scale into far deeper waters, often further from shore, opening up sizeable new markets globally. In the UK, Scotland has particularly deep waters which offer the ideal location for floating offshore wind. This opening session will explore the huge global opportunity floating offshore wind presents, and how the UK can best capitalise on its remarkable strengths in geography and offshore expertise to be a leader in this growing sector. We will also look at the opportunity floating wind could offer to the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

  • Welcome: Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK
  • Chair: Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scottish Government
  • Audrey MacIver, Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Henrik Stiesdal, Chief Executive Officer, Stiesdal A/S
  • Sebastian Bringsværd, Hywind Development Director, Equinor
10.30 - 11.15

Tea/coffee break, exhibition & networking

11.15 - 12.30

 

A2: Taking the Plunge: Delivering the Next Phase of UK Projects

With floating projects now in operation, construction and under development around Scotland’s shores, concept is turning into reality. But how do we continue this momentum and ensure commercial-scale parks will be delivered in the UK? What do the latest policy developments mean for the sector? And what new innovations are breaking new ground and cutting costs? This session will hear from project developers and government decision makers on the latest project and policy updates.

  • Chair: Sian Wilson, Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
  • Allan MacAskill, Director, Kincardine Offshore Wind Ltd
  • David Pratt, Head of Planning & Strategy, Marine Scotland
  • Chris McConville, General Manager, Floating Power Plant
  • Prof Seamus Garvey, Chief Technology Officer, TetraFloat Ltd
12.30 - 13.30

Lunch (Sponsored by Crown Estate Scotland), exhibition & networking

13.30 - 14.45

 

A3: Gearing Up: Supply Chain and O&M

The supply chain is critical to delivering our floating wind ambitions, and there is clearer than ever direction from both central and devolved governments to maximise local content and spread prosperity to all parts of the country. This session will explore the most important challenges and opportunities facing the various tiers of firms actively supplying and servicing, or seeking contracts with, the floating offshore sector. Where are the most fruitful links to be made between offshore renewables and the UK’s well established oil and gas supply chain? Is the UK supply chain growing in line with project development?

  • Chair: Gillian Morrison, Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Knut Vassbotn, Head of Business Development, Offshore Wind, Aker Solutions
  • Úna Brosnan, Business & Strategy Development Manager, Atkins
  • Steve Chisholm, Operations Director, Global Energy Group
  • Alasdair Ferguson, Director, Kishorn Port Ltd
  • Alan MacLeay, Engineering Director, Seaway Heavy Lifting
14.45 - 15.30

Tea/coffee break, exhibition & networking

15.30 - 16.30                                                                                                       

A4: The Big Blue: Global Insights from International Projects

Floating offshore wind is a global opportunity with huge potential, and this session explores some of the exciting developments taking place across diverse geographies from Europe to the Pacific coastlines of North America and Asia. In examining what’s happening elsewhere in the world we can identify not just places where we can learn lessons but also places where we have the potential to grow new export routes and markets. Where does the UK sit in the global race to develop and commercialise floating offshore wind? What are the lessons that can be learned from developing and operating in different regulatory regimes and technical environments around the world?

  • Chair: Isla Robb, Offshore Wind Lead Specialist, Scottish Enterprise
  • Ole Stubb, Business Development Manager - Northern Europe, Ideol
  • Clément Weber, Director, Green Giraffe
  • Guillaume Ardoise, Senior Manager, Principle Power Inc
  • Richard Copeland, Offshore Opportunities Manager, EDP Renewables
 16.30 - 16.40

Closing Remarks

  • Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables
18.00 - 19.30

Networking Drinks Reception (to be held at the Town House Aberdeen)