Offshore Wind Connections 2018: Our guide to the speaker line-up

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 25 Apr 2018

Round Three’s realisation is a major theme for 2018’s Offshore Wind Connections event, the annual Team Humber Marine Alliance conference that is setting its stall out as a UK leader.

With the world’s largest farm now in construction, key figures behind it will talk to the wider industry at the business calendar highlight, launching today.

Morten Holm is Ørsted’s head of operations for Hornsea Project One, which at 1.2GW, will reclaim the title for Grimsby-based arrays. 

It is to be immediately followed by the even larger Project Two, off the Humber in the North Sea.

Based at the East Coast Hub in Grimsby, Mr Holm is responsible for the setting up and deployment of all activities relating to the long term operations and maintenance of the project. 

He spent 20 years in the Danish Air Force before moving into the wind sector in 2007. Since then, he was worked on many wind farms in the UK and overseas for Siemens and Global Wind Service UK.

Read more: Look at the legs on that! Here are the latest additions to help build the world's largest offshore wind farm

Providing the turbines, blades and further equipment for this multi-billion pound investment off the Humber is Siemens Gamesa, lead sponsor of the event, and Ray Thompson, head of business development will once again return to the OWC stage. A year ago he predicted the staggeringly sharp fall in cost that wowed the offshore wind world in September’s auction, with the second Hornsea phase coming in at £57.40, halving previous subsidy requirements. 

Innogy – currently working towards financial close on Round Two Triton Knoll – owns one of the Round Three Dogger Bank phases, further up the East Coast from Hornsea, and Martin Ferreira, head of offshore investment and asset management is on board. 

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Two panel discussions will also work around Round Three themes, with far-shore subsea and operations and maintenance challenges and opportunities to be investigated. 

Andy Reay, regional manager for installation vessel provider A2Sea will also address the audience at the new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Hull, with Callum Draper, environmental consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV to give a glimpse into offshore wind re-powering and decommissioning opportunities as he looks beyond the 25 year lifespan of turbines – some of which are already a decade old.

MORE: Triton Knoll tightens up the onshore cabling on forthcoming offshore wind farm

Mark O’Reilly, chairman and chief executive of Team Humber Marine Alliance, will open the event, followed by Matt Jukes, chief executive of Hull City Council.

It is the first time the event has been held in Hull, having started at Forest Pines Hotel, Broughton, then moving to Bridlington Spa. 

Back on the Humber, and Barton’s Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of Renewable UK, will give his take as the trade body celebrate 40 years, fresh from hosting a networking event hosted this evening.

Having been introduced last year, Ben George, director of the University of Hull initiative, Aura, will update on the vision to create a world leading offshore wind research, talent and innovation hub, as Lorna Bennet, mechanical engineer at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult will also speak, hot on the heels of the Grimsby-hosted outline of the offshore wind Operations and Maintenance Centre of Excellence in the Humber region, as featured on page four. 

OWC 2018 takes place on Thursday, April 26, with welcome events on April 25. Exhibition space has sold out, and organisers are hoping for record delegation attendance as it is brought more central., is once again media partner with THMA, and will be carrying reports live from the event. 

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This article first appeared earlier in the month.

SIEMENS Gamesa Renewable Energy has given its backing to an offshore wind conference, which will be taking place in Hull for the first time. 

The wind turbine manufacturer has been announced as the headline, diamond sponsor for the annual Offshore Wind Connections conference and exhibition, taking place in Hull for the first time on April 25 and 26.

Ray Thompson, head of business development for Siemens Gamesa, said: “We’re delighted to be the lead sponsor for Offshore Wind Connections and to support this important conference.

“Our investment to create world-class manufacturing, assembly, storage, load-out and servicing facilities in Hull has played a critical role in the rapid growth of the UK offshore wind industry and transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.”

Mark O’Reilly, chairman and chief executive of organisers Team Humber Marine Alliance, said: “We’re very pleased to have Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as our main sponsor and the amount of support from the industry is indicative of the importance of offshore wind.”

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