Departing wind boss calls for uniting industry vision

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Jan 2018

TRITON Knoll project director James Cotter has stepped down, having successfully steered the offshore wind farm development to its final investment decision, with consents and subsidy in place.

The leading figure presented at several regional events, including conferences held by both Grimsby Renewables Partnership and Team Humber Marine Alliance, and championed the use of Able Marine Energy Park at North Killingholme for the 860MW Round Two project.

READ MORE: Talks to start on increasing UK's offshore wind capacity

Announcing his departure, Mr Cotter – who is likely to emerge in a senior role with Shell as the oil giant embraces renewables – underlined the need for a strong strategy for offshore wind, describing it as an exciting time and thanking all involved with the £2 billion wind farm’s arrival at financial investment decision.

He said: “The welcoming of the new year brings me a new challenge. My time leading the Triton Knoll project team has come to an end at a very fitting point, having secured the all important Contract for Difference, with the supply chain partners all on board and the project team, who I am immensely proud to be associated with, already well into preparation for delivery.

“Auctions have changed our industry immeasurably in the last two years, and projects like Triton Knoll prove that early involvement of the supply chain allows bidding to be based upon a robust business case that we can all stand behind. I believe that there is a huge, but perishable, opportunity for the UK not only tap into low clean green energy prices but also capture investment for the development of facilities, industry manufacturing, skills and jobs in a meaningful way.

READ MORE: Offshore investigation works about to launch at Triton Knoll

“The challenge is to look past individual projects and developments to a vision for our industry that pushes us all; not that easy when your investment rides on winning in a competitive auction framework.”
A decision from owner Innogy to proceed into construction is anticipated in the coming months.

Julian Garnsey will now head up the project. He is described as a highly experienced offshore construction manager who has been with Innogy for more than a decade, most recently as deputy project director overseeing the construction of the 353MW Galloper offshore wind farm, off the Suffolk coast. 

He has extensive experience of offshore construction, having also worked in senior roles at Rhyl Flats (90MW) and Gwynt y Môr (576MW), both in North Wales.

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