International marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has announced the creation of LOC Renewables, a new team of consultants focused on the offshore renewables sector.
LOC Group, comprising LOC and Longitude, will bring the Group’s broad capabilities to the offshore renewable energy sector. The new team will be led by Dr RV Ahilan, Group Director of Renewables Advisory & Energy Technology and will have dedicated leads located in offices in London, Exeter, Aberdeen, Paris, New York, Singapore and Shanghai. From here, LOC Renewables will provide consultancy services including design, engineering and marine warranty survey to offshore renewable energy clients across Europe, the Americas and Asia.
“As the offshore renewables industry has grown, LOC Group has developed and honed our skills to support innovations in this pioneering industry” said Dr Ahilan. “As UK and European expertise in this area spreads to new markets, LOC Renewables is determined to continue investing in the skills, knowledge and technologies needed to deliver the best marine and engineering consultancy for our offshore renewable energy partners.”
Andrew Squire, Group Chief Executive added that LOC has been providing services to clients working in the offshore renewables space for more than 15 years, delivering services to more than two-thirds of Europe’s offshore wind farms. He said that with its increasing expertise in the sector, LOC has chosen to formalise its commitment to offshore renewable energy and bring its unique combination of practical operations experience and cutting edge offshore engineering expertise to bear, with the creation of LOC Renewables.
Experts from LOC Renewables will be speaking on two highly anticipated panels during Offshore Wind Energy 2017 week. One panel will be hosted by Recharge and the other by the International Jack-up Barge Operators’ Association. Dr Ahilan will join Recharge’s Thought Leader Roundtable on Monday 5th June, discussing the path to commercialisation for floating offshore wind power. Then on Tuesday 6th June, Captain Mike Frampton will speak to jack-up barge operators about the challenges involved in installing floating wind turbines.
LOC Renewables’ recent experience includes a project win for the Seoul office, which has been retained by Swiss Re and Korea Offshore Wind Power to provide marine warranty on the 60 MW test phase of the Southwest Offshore Windfarm Project in Korea. LOC France has also won tenders recently to carry out marine warranty survey services to the country’s very first offshore wind farms.
In the UK, LOC Group provided marine warranty survey services during the installation phase of the 576MW RWE-owned Gwynt y Mor windfarm, overseeing procedures for the transportation and installation of the turbines and cables.
The LOC Renewables team will be celebrating the launch of this new initiative at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference where they will be hosting drinks at stand N-Q61 on Wednesday 7th June, at 17.00.