Simply Blue Group opens Dublin office

Simply Blue Group, a developer of floating offshore wind, wave energy and low-impact aquaculture, has expanded its team and opened a new office in Dublin. The new office in Dublin at 43 Fitzwilliam Square will cater for the recent growth in staffing levels which has seen the company recruiting professional expertise in engineering, project management, finance, and communications.

Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Simply Blue Group has a pipeline of over 9 GW of floating offshore wind projects, primarily in the waters off Ireland and the British Isles. The recent team expansion highlights an increase in project activity as momentum builds in the Irish and global renewable energy sector.

Des Chavasse, who has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer, is a senior operational leader. He has spent much of his career with Population Services International (PSI), a Washington DC based social marketing organisation delivering health solutions in 55 counties.

Others to join Simply Blue Group include Michael Galvin, a chemical engineer with over 16 years’ experience in the energy industry; Adrian deAndres, an expert in floating offshore wind renewables who joins Simply Blue from Xodus; Sara MacKeown, a media professional with experience in marine infrastructure projects having spent 15 years with the Port of Cork; and Graham Stewart, an oil and gas engineer who is now applying his skills to the energy transition.

Meanwhile, in October 2021, Simply Blue Group announced its expansion into the US, with the launch of a new partnership with TotalEnergies called TotalEnergies SBE US. It aims to deliver gigawatts of power to American electricity consumers. Amongst the more recent joiners is Peter Cogswell, Director of Government and External Affairs, West Coast and a former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor on Energy and Telecommunications for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.

Commenting on the appointments, which bring the Simply Blue team to almost 60 people, Sam Roch Perks, Co-Founder & CEO said: “The interest in the Offshore renewables sector and the potential we can unlock in Ireland and elsewhere is truly exciting. We are humbled to be able to attract such passionate people as we grow internationally”.