OWC opens up Aussie office

International engineering consultancy Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) is setting up an office in Australia. OWC’s main office in Australia will be located in Perth, Western Australia, with a satellite office in Melbourne, Victoria.

Simon Healy will head up OWC’s operation in Australia. Throughout his career, Healy has held senior management roles in Australia, Singapore, Middle East and West Africa. He has broad experience from offshore operations, including cable installation and maintenance, offshore construction, and offshore supply and logistics, and a deep understanding of the commercial, contractual, technical, HR and HSEQ aspects of offshore operations.

“OWC has 35 GW of offshore wind experience from involvement in more than 60 projects worldwide. But the company recognises that each project and market bring unique challenges. For example, offshore wind in Australia will bring specific project risks such as industrial relations, environmental compliance and weather downtime, amongst others. All of these have the potential to increase project costs significantly if not managed carefully at an early stage of the project. This is where OWC comes in,”
says Simon Healy.

OWC is an internationally recognised independent engineering consultancy focused on the development and realisation of offshore renewables technology and projects. OWC stated it will also be able to draw upon the marine and offshore competence of sister company AqualisBraemar in Australasia and the Asia Pacific region.  

“With experience from supporting offshore wind developers and investors all over the world, our strategy is to leverage our global expertise via a local presence with deep understanding of local risks. Although a lot of work can be done remotely, we need feet on the ground locally to provide the best possible support to local developers, which is why we are establishing ourselves in Australia,”
says Will Cleverly, managing director of OWC.

Currently, the most advanced Australian offshore wind project is the
Star of the South,  which is being developed by Australian headquartered Offshore Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. It is located off the south coast of Gippsland, Victoria and could consist of up to 250 turbines.

The developers claim that the array has the potential to generate up to 20 per cent of Victoria’s electricity needs and would feed power into the national grid via an underground cable to the Latrobe Valley. If the project is found to be feasible, and subject to government approval, construction could commence in 2022, with power generation in 2024.

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