The new company, Orcades Marine Asia Pte Ltd, will combine the global expertise acquired by Orcades Marine Management Consultants (OMMC) and Aquatera with the knowledge of the South East Asian market provided by Singapore-based OceanPixel. Its primary focus will be to provide operational management of marine renewable energy installations, including tidal, wave, floating solar and offshore wind. The firm will also engage in research and development projects aimed at developing innovative and cost-efficient deployment solutions for the Asian marine renewables sector.
“We’ve worked on projects in Asia now for a number of years and have an excellent relationship with OceanPixel and other key specialists in the region” said Captain David Thomson, managing director of OMMC. “Establishing a formal partnership in Singapore was the next logical step for us and it helps ensure we’re well placed to capitalise on the many opportunities arising from the emerging renewables sector in Asia. Orkney is very much regarded as the centre of excellence in marine renewables, with local supply chain firms, such as ours, increasingly engaged in overseas projects. Orkney has an enviable reputation worldwide.”
Mike Abundo MD of Ocean Pixel, added that establishing Orcades Marine Asia ensures that pioneering efforts in marine renewable energy in South East Asia leverages the invaluable expertise and experience from the UK. Advancing the frontier of marine operations through OMA helps serve the development of ocean energy and other markets in the Asia Pacific more effectively.
The collaborating team has already been involved in managing and implementing a number ground breaking studies and technology deployments in South East Asia. Tidal turbines have been successfully installed and operated in West Papua, Indonesia and Sentosa, Singapore. Prospective development sites have been surveyed in the Philippines, Singapore and in Indonesia. The team are also been engaged in the supervision of two technology fabrication programmes based in Singapore.
As well as providing support to global technology and project development clients wishing to work in SEA, Orcades Marine Asia will be working closely with the OceanTera project development companies being established in the Philippines, Singapore and elsewhere. These companies backed by Aquatera and OceanPixel are partnering with investors and project co-developers to proactively lead in the establishment of demonstration and commercial projects across the SEA region.
Image: The Pelamis marine energy device developed at EMEC by Pelamis Wave Power