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UK Offshore Wind Conference 2020

10 December 2020
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A seminar that brings together stakeholders from the DK/UK Offshore wind industry for an overview of current and future developments in the UK Offshore Wind industry. Providing answers to what can be expected in terms of policy development, market opportunities and technical advances

10 December 2020
10:00 – 11:30
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Free to attend

Thank you very much for all who joined us for this webinar. You can revisit the recording here

The Danish Embassy The Trade Council welcome any Danish company interested in being part of the UK Offshore Wind supply chain to contact them. Please email Rasmus Leth Traberg [email protected], or call +44 (0) 207 333 0232.

The Danish-UK Association welcome any Danish and UK company to become member and engage in the membership – join companies like Ørsted, Associated British Ports and Gowling WLG as well as the Danish Embassy. We are all about building and retaining the relationship across the North Sea in trade, culture and friendship…join now.

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We are pleased to confirm the annual UK Offshore Wind conference this year will be going online!

Now in its 8th year, the webinar – organised by the Danish Embassy in London and the Danish-UK Association – will offer an overview of current and future developments in the UK offshore wind industry.

With the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnsons announcement on 6 October 2020 an increased commitment to offshore wind was set out. The UK will aim to ensure that offshore wind will produce more than enough electricity to power every home in the country by 2030, based on current electricity usage, this means boosting the government’s previous 30 GW target to 40 GW. In addition, the first ever target for floating offshore wind capacity – 1GW by 2030, nearly 15 times the current operational capacity worldwide was announced. Overall, we can anticipate an exciting array of opportunities in the years to come.  

The following people and companies have been confirmed to part of the programme:

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We welcome any interest in being Official Event Partners. That means sponsoring and being part of the programme. We are also welcoming any interest from Supporting Partners, that can help us connect with the right stakeholders in the Offshore Wind sector.


Associated British Ports, Gowling WLG and Ørsted are all members of the Association and we encourage you to click through on their names to see their membership profile and connect with them.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark and Energy Cluster Denmark. We are this year very pleased to welcome the support of the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark and Energy Cluster Denmark.

The Trade Council is the governmental export and investment promotion organisation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The organisation comprises all governmental activities designed to promote Danish export and foreign investment in Denmark under one roof. 

The Danish UK Association is a member driven and member owned a bilateral Association between the UK and Denmark, fostering and retaining trade and investment relatons. Amongst its over 160 corporate members you will find Ørsted, Associated British Ports, AstraZeneca, G4S, LEGO as well as organisations such as the Danish Trade Council via the Danish Embassy London and Department for International Trade UK via the British Embassy Copenhagen.

The following companies have confirmed their attendance this year. Come back and revisit for updates as we get closer. If anyone obvious are missing do reach out to them and ask them to join or let us know.

  • 2H Offshore Engineering Ltd
  • 3M a/s
  • 4COffshore Ltd
  • ABB
  • ABPmer
  • Aluwind A/S
  • Aluwind Guangdong Windpower Co., Ltd.
  • Associated British Ports
  • Atlantas Marine Ltd
  • Banco Sabadell
  • BDB Pitmans
  • BerlinWind GmbH
  • Better Energy
  • Blue Water Shipping
  • Boston Capel
  • BPP
  • British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark
  • British Embassy Denmark
  • Budd Legal
  • Cambridge University
  • Carlbom Shipping Ltd
  • Castle Pumps
  • CBO
  • Chemical Corporation
  • Clear Insurance Management
  • ComtecInt UK Ltd
  • Core-CSR
  • COWI
  • Cresto Group AB
  • Cubet Ltd
  • Danbrit Holdings Limited/TDL Wind Limited
  • Danelec Marine AS
  • Danfoss
  • Danish Embassy to the UK
  • Danish Shipping
  • Danske Bank A/S
  • DBSS Ltd
  • DIT, British Embassy Copenhagen
  • Department for International Trade
  • Dokka Fasteners
  • Elias Neocleous & Co LLC
  • Eltronic Wind Solutions
  • EnergyStream
  • Enshore
  • EPConsult Energies
  • EPNC
  • ESI: Electrical Consultants
  • ET Consulting
  • Equinor
  • Gardit A/S
  • Geolabs Limited
  • Gowling WLG
  • Hitachi ABB Powergrids
  • Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites Dundee
  • HRM
  • HR Wallingford
  • Humber Maritime College
  • KONGSTAD Management
  • Ingeteam UK Ltd.
  • Invest in Denmark
  • IIT Jodhpur
  • ITU
  • Izmir Institute of Technology
  • JJShilcock Translations
  • Kromann Reumert
  • Kurt Fish Sales Ltd
  • L&B Partners Avvocati Associati
  • Latchways plc
  • Lawfirm Poul Schmith
  • Lautec ApS
  • Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
  • Liberty Power/ Algonquin Power
  • Liebherr Components
  • LJM
  • Lloyds Energy
  • MBG
  • McAusland & Turner Ltd
  • Mercer Limited
  • METU Civil eng. Department
  • MHI Vestas
  • Moorhouse
  • Mott MacDonald
  • MSA Manufacturing LTD
  • National Grid
  • Njord Offshore
  • NKT
  • NorSea Denmark
  • North Tyneside Council
  • ODE
  • ORE Catapult
  • OS Commodities
  • Phoenix Contact
  • Pinsent Masons
  • PolyTech A/S
  • Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Propeller Fuels Ltd
  • Real Safety Denmark
  • Red Penguin Marine
  • RoC Consult ApS
  • Royds Withy King LLP
  • RPS Group
  • RSM
  • Ryder Geotechnical Limited
  • Schneider Electric
  • SDI
  • Sea and Land Project Consultants limited
  • Semco Maritime A/S
  • Siemens Gamesa
  • Shoreline Wind
  • Smulders
  • SNEPCo
  • Square 5 Ltd
  • State of Green
  • Staybridge Suites – Newcastle
  • Sterlite Tech
  • Stockton Drilling Ltd
  • Systematic
  • Taziker Industrial
  • Teknos Oy
  • Teras Offshore
  • Terma A/S
  • The Nautical Institute
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Titan Wind Energy (Europe) A/S
  • Total
  • Tractebel Engineering GmbH
  • Tricon Electric
  • Trifork
  • Turner Iceni
  • UHY Hacker Young LLP
  • UK Department for International Trade
  • United Wind Force
  • University of Nottingham
  • Universitiy of Ulsan
  • Vento Maritime
  • Viking Life-Saving Equipment Ltd
  • Vink Plast
  • Walker Subsea Engineering
  • Williams Advanced Engineering
  • Wind Denmark
  • Wind Estate A/S
  • Windcat Workboats Ltd
  • Wood Mackenzie
  • Worshipful Company of Engineers
  • WSCO law firm
  • WSP UK
  • Ørsted

  • DKUK members 
  • Members of the Offshore Engineering Society
  • Members of the Energy Innovation Cluster
  • Open for all interested from Danish/UK/International wind industry 
  • Wind industry exporting companies from DK/internationally into UK Offshore Wind 
  • Wind industry Related businesses: legal services, consultants, etc 
  • Wind industry Investment/finance businesses 
  • Wind industry senior management, business operators, business developers, public affairs, policy makers, city officials, government officials, civil servants, interested, etc 
  • Trade organisations: Dansk Trade Council, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for International Trade, EnergyUK, RenewableUK, Knowledge UK, Carbon Trust, EWEA, DWIA, CLEAN, State of Green, Dansk Energi, DIenergy, EIC, etc

Dr Sarah Redwood OBE

Sarah is Director of Renewable Energy Deployment at BEIS. Previously she worked in BEIS on science and innovation, publishing the UK Research & Development Roadmap and in DECC on renewable heating technologies.

Emma Kate Hopkins OBE

Emma Kate Hopkins OBE took up her post as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Denmark in October 2020. Emma was born in Bolton and studied at St. Clement Danes Comprehensive School (Chorleywood) and Cambridge University (Fitzwilliam College) where she graduated with a degree in Law. Emma’s career in government has included leading legal and policy teams at a senior level. She has worked on immigration and asylum, human rights, EU justice and home affairs, international criminal law, organised crime, as well as violence against women.

Andy Reay

Andy Reay has recently joined ABP as Group Head of Commercial for Offshore Wind having spent the past 7 years with A2SEA and subsequently DEME. Andy’s role is to build on the strong foundations of ABP’s current offshore wind facilities and drive forward the growth of offshore wind – an important strand of the company’s future strategy. Andy has a wealth of experience of the offshore wind and renewable energy industry and is working with major offshore wind clients on projects to ensure the UK can maximise the benefits of the deployment of 40GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 and beyond.

Gabriel Davies

Gabriel Davies is a qualified solicitor, Head of Asset Management and board member for Ørsted’s Hornsea 2 offshore windfarm. Gabriel is responsible for all commercial workstreams for Hornsea 2, including divestments, commercial and subsidy agreements, consenting and transfer to operations. In addition, Gabriel has led Ørsted UK’s EPC and Operations COVID-19 testing and risk mitigation strategy. Gabriel has worked at Ørsted for over five years in commercial management roles. Prior to this she was an energy finance lawyer at Watson Farley & Williams.

Gareth Baker

Gareth Baker is a partner at International Law Firm, Gowling WLG. He leads the London M&A and Private Equity Team and is a co-leader of the global energy team. Gareth supports developers, funders and many other stakeholders across a range of renewable energy technologies including offshore and onshore wind, solar, AD, EfW and biomass. He has also worked at both BP and Infinis.Gowling WLG has been named in Energy and Renewables in The Times Best Law Firms both in 2020 and 2021.

Mary Thorogood

Mary Thorogood (Senior Specialist, Business Development and Government Relations) leads MHI Vestas’ global policy and government relations function, building frameworks and political support to drive sustainable, long term market growth.  She has strong experience of the UK and European markets as they have grown as well as collaborating with Governments and stakeholders to establish supportive mechanisms in new global markets.  Mary joined MHI Vestas in 2018 from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers where she led UK Government and Stakeholder Relations. 

Michael Hannibal

Michael Hannibal joined Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners as Partner in December 2017 after more than 7 years as CEO of Offshore Wind at Siemens. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Aarhus School of Engineering. He has worked more than 25 years within the power generation business, on power plants, electrical transmission and distribution systems. Michael has been a major player in the development of offshore wind, the industrialization of the offshore wind business and making offshore wind real and part of the energy mix in many countries.

Sanjanaa Achar

Sanjanaa Achar

Sanjanaa is the acting head of business development North Sea, new energy solutions at Equinor. In this role, she is responsible for originating new offshore wind business development opportunities in the North Sea. Sanjanaa joined Equinor in 2018 after graduating with a Masters in Management from London Business School and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Manchester. In Equinor, Sanjanaa has worked in both strategy and business development functions focusing on renewables. Sanjanaa Achar replaced earlier announced Rhodri James.

Event Programme


Time (GMT)
10.05Opening address
by H.E. Ambassador Emma K Hopkins, British Embassy Denmark
10.10The UK market for Offshore Wind – Up-to-date industry forecasts and projections for UK market
Sarah Redwood, Director Renewables, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10.25 Partnering to reach 40 by 30
A substantial UK supply chain has developed to support the construction and O&M of our offshore wind farms. The supply chain is geographically dispersed and as a result, clusters of innovation, industry and training are developing in coastal regions across the UK. What is needed of the clusters, our ports and the supply chain as we deliver 40GW capacity by 2030.
Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Andy Reay, Group Head of Commercial Offshore Wind, Associated British Ports
Sanjanaa Achar, Acting Head of Business Development, North Sea – New Energy Solutions , Equinor

Moderated by: Gareth Baker, Partner, Infrastructure, Energy & Renewables, Gowling WLG
10.55Challenges (and mitigations) of constructing during COVID times
Gabriel Davies, Head of Asset Management for Hornsea 2, Ørsted
11.10Global Perspective: Reflection on 2020 and Plans Ahead
Michael Hannibal, Partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
11.25Thank you and goodbye

For further information regarding the programme please contact Rasmus Leth Tranberg at the Danish Embassy in London on +44 (0) 207 333 0232 or email.

For any futher information regarding practical matters, sponsoring etc please contact Gunnar P. Larsen at The Danish-UK Association in London on +44 (0) 207 259 6795 or email.