Venterra acquires INSPIRE Environmental marking entry into the U.S. market

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/07/2022 INSPIRE
Venterra Group Plc, the offshore wind energy services business, announced its entry into the United States with the acquisition of marine environmental consultancy INSPIRE Environmental.

Founded in 2015 by Drew Carey and Joe Germano, INSPIRE services clients in the offshore wind, ports and marine construction sectors. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, INSPIRE’s team of marine environmental scientists collect, interpret and visualise seafloor data.

INSPIRE has completed over 275 projects worldwide for blue chip clients such as Ørsted, Shell, Equinor, Siemens Gamesa, Mayflower Wind, Ocean Winds, BP, ExxonMobil, NYSERDA, NOAA, USACE, and USEPA. Venterra highlighted that the acquisition is part of its effort to build a service offering across the wind farm lifecycle, comprising services through the Engineer, Build and Support phases.

Rob Jewkes, Chief Executive Officer of Venterra Group, said: "INSPIRE is our first North American acquisition and adds new capability to both clients worldwide and existing US clients of our UK and European based member companies. Drew and his team are an impressive and experienced group of scientists who add significant value to the critical early stages of wind farm site appraisal. Protecting the marine environment is crucial, and the building of renewable energy needs to be done with full consideration to the environmental effects. INSPIRE further enhances our fast-growing early stage ‘Engineer’ phase as we build a comprehensive set of services for developers in the US and worldwide."

Paul Doherty, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Venterra Group, said: "We are delighted to add INSPIRE to our front-end Engineer offering as we build a comprehensive set of services. They complement our powerful grouping of GDG, Ordtek and Partrac who together offer a highly relevant set of services to support early stage development of offshore wind in the global market."

Drew Carey, CEO of INSPIRE, said: "Combining our environmental focus with Venterra’s offering means we will be able to offer a more comprehensive set of services with greater international reach as the global market accelerates. Venterra member companies already operate in the US and we will now open Venterra’s US headquarters on the East Coast to be close to the offshore wind industry as it grows across the US northeast and beyond. As a team, we are excited to join Venterra, focused on making a real contribution to the health of marine ecosystems while reaching net zero carbon targets."