August 2015

OWC Gains Foothold in Germany

Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) has opened a new office in Germany as part of the planned expansion of the business. The office, which is located in the centre of Hamburg, will be used as the operating base for the growing client and project work based in the region. OWC was established in late 2011 and became part of the Aqualis Group of companies in June 2014 and has grown rapidly to be a major player in the offshore wind consultancy business. Speaking of the new office development, Ian Bonnon, the founder and Managing Director of OWC stated “The opening of our new office in Hamburg recognises the strategic importance of Germany in the offshore wind sector and we are delighted to have grown our business in a positive way which has allowed us to expand into Germany ahead of our planned global expansion plans. This is a major step forward for us and we look forward to a successful era of assisting Investors, Developers and Owners deliver successful projects in the German sector”.

OWC was selected as a finalist in the Ground Engineering Awards 2015, in the “Ground Investigation Project of the Year” category, for its work on the East Anglia Offshore Wind site investigation.

The awards ceremony was held at the Park Lane Hilton, London on 10th June.

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OWC attended renewableUK's Global Offshore Wind Conference in London on 24th and 25th June.

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• OWC continues to provide support to East Anglia Offshore Wind on the  EAOW-One project.

• OWC recently assisted Blue Transmission London Array Limited on a remediation works programme for the
   London Array / BritNed cable crossing.

• OWC is providing project management services to support Navitus Bay Limited.

• OWC is currently working for OFGEM on a cost assessment exercise for transmission assets.

• OWC has completed over 250 leg penetration analysis for jack up rigs
   on a worldwide basis.
October 2015

Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC), part of the Aqualis Offshore group, has successfully completed the supervision and management of the onshore and overwater cable route site investigation for the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm off the east coast of the UK.

This was a high profile and complex investigation using a variety of plant and equipment at locations that were widely distributed geographically throughout the cable route. The investigation was carried out over the summer onshore, overwater in the Deben estuary, and up to 14km offshore. A geophysical survey was complemented by CPTs, cable percussive and rotary boreholes. The investigation was undertaken from a jack up, via a pontoon, and from an offshore vessel (see photos below).

OWC has been commended by Paul Stearns, Head of Construction at ScottishPower Renewables Offshore for the “highly professional way that (OWC) has managed the package over the last two months”. The investigation was managed by the OWC geotechnical team and was carried out without reportable incidents, with minimal deviation from the technical scope, and within a tight timeframe.
German Office News
January 2016

Official Opening of OWC's Hamburg office

19th January 2016 - Offshore Wind Consultants Limited, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, welcomed the German offshore wind industry to celebrate the official opening of its Hamburg office.  The office will serve as an operating base in Germany for both Offshore Wind Consultants and Aqualis Offshore.

Trianel GmbH, RWE Innogy and Vattenfall were among the companies in attendance where they discussed the market and other offshore wind issues with Offshore Wind Consultant and Aqualis experts from Germany, the United Kingdom and Norway.

The new Hamburg office will be used as the operating base for Offshore Wind Consultants growing client and project work based in the region, and will also provide a base for other Aqualis Group services in this geographical sector.

2015 featured the biggest single increase in renewable electricity in German history, 32 TWh. Offshore wind also had an amazing performance, growing from a mere 1.4 TWh to 8.1 TWh during the year.

Ian Bonnon, managing director of Offshore Wind Consultants Limited and OWC (AQUALIS) GmbH, commented : “We were delighted to share our celebration with friends in the industry here today.  The importance of the German offshore market is one that demanded we establish a permanent presence here in Hamburg. This office is an important step in our global expansion plans. We look forward to continuing and increasing our assistance for investors, developers and owners to deliver successful projects in the German sector.”
Offshore Wind Consultants is a globally focused consultancy providing independent services to the offshore renewables industry. The company was acquired by Aqualis ASA in June 2014.

Offshore Wind Consultants' newly established German company will trade under the name of OWC (AQUALIS) GmbH.

Contract News

August 2, 2016

Offshore Wind Consultants wins export cable consultancy contract

Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC) has been employed by Transmission Capital Services Limited (TCS) to provide technical consultancy services on contingency planning and other services relating to the OFTO assets managed by TCS.

TCS manages six OFTOs, namely TC Barrow OFTO Limited, TC Gunfleet Sands OFTO Limited, TC Ormonde OFTO Limited, TC Robin Rigg OFTO Limited; TC Lincs OFTO Limited; and TC Westermost Rough Limited.

OWC’s scope of work includes preparation of cable repair and maintenance strategies for the six TCS managed assets, development of contract strategies for future maintenance contracts and the preparation of specification and tender packages for the supply of services under the above mentioned maintenance contracts. OWC will also develop detailed employer’s requirements for cable repair operations in different water depths and for different cable types.

“Our focus will be contingency planning that allows an effective response as well as timely and cost effective remediation to any arising issues around cable maintenance, repair and ongoing robustness and integrity. This is one of our core competences, and we are very pleased that Transmission Capital Services Limited has recognised this,” says Ian Bonnon, managing director of OWC.

“Latest data from the insurance industry suggest that cable issues currently represent circa 80% of claims by volume and circa 75% of value in offshore wind. Our personnel have over 20 years’ experience of installation and protection of subsea cables in offshore wind.  This is augmented with a deeper experience in subsea cables reaching back to the mid-1980s. Whether our clients are developers constructing the transmission assets or OFTOs reviewing for transaction or maintaining the asset; OWC are providing the expert support which is required,”
Bonnon adds.

Offshore Wind Consultants is a globally focused consultancy providing independent services to the offshore renewables industry.

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December 17th, 2016

Meet The New Guy

OWC is pleased to announce that Joseph Hilton has joined the Geotechnical Department in London as Principal Foundations Engineer. Joseph has impressive experience in geotechnical analysis and structural design of foundations for on- and offshore Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy projects. OWC is planning to further capitalise and develop those skills as the Company expands its service offering into these areas.

Brief career to date:

Joseph Hilton (Joe) has seven years' experience in geotechnical analysis and structural design of foundations for on- and offshore Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy projects. His experience includes the design of foundations subject to static and dynamic loads, structural analysis and hydrodynamic loading of offshore structures, scour development in the marine environment, retaining structures, earthworks and slope movement and stabilisation. Recent project experience includes a Lead Engineer role the Veja Mate and Hohe See offshore substation foundation structures in the German Bight, under the BSH requirements.

Joseph Hilton, Principal Foundations Engineer
Joseph Hilton, Principal Foundations Engineer
Areas of specialism:

With a technical specialism in applied soil mechanics, hydrodynamic loading and soil-structure interaction, he has led numerous complex marine foundation projects throughout their lifecycle from feasibility to installation and commissioning. His experience in structural and geotechnical design of support structures for offshore installations has included the design of jacket structures with piled foundations (single and groups) and suction caisson foundations in the North Sea (UK and German Bight). Joseph has recently focussed his attention on the development of a combined structural and geotechnical model for real-time monopile design for the feasibility and concept design of offshore wind turbine foundations, sparking interest from the University of Bristol and University of Surrey.

Key exciting reasons for working in renewables:

Joe's keen interest in the renewable sector is due to the industry pushing the boundaries of current state-of-the-art technologies and design methods to optimise CAPEX and OPEX efficiency and reduce whole life cost of energy projects. The industry is successfully adopting a close multi-discipline approach at helping to develop a sustainable future by innovation, integrated working and technical excellence.

Main interests outside of work:

Innovation in the offshore environment; cooking; personal fitness and health;
playing squash; travelling and music.

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