Following an increasing number of requests from US wind farm developers, Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) is set to open its first U.S. office in Boston, Massachusetts. OWC is an independent engineering consultancy focused on the development and realization of offshore renewables technology and projects.
“The U.S. offshore wind market is now taking off,” said John MacAskill, business development director at OWC. “In the past year, OWC has undertaken a number of U.S. assignments and we are receiving an increasing number of service requests from the U.S. Our clients are increasingly expecting a permanent presence from us, which allows us the opportunity to expand into Boston,”
To date, OWC has been involved in several U..S offshore wind projects, leveraging on the office of its sister company, Aqualis Offshore, in Houston, Texas. As an example, Aqualis Offshore has provided geotechnical site investigation supervision services at Ørsted’s Ocean Wind offshore wind farm.
“Boston is increasingly becoming the centre for offshore wind developments in the US. We aim to support projects at both early stage and as they work through to realization, mixing our global wind experience with local knowledge and expertise. We will also continue to capitalize on Aqualis Offshore US offshore sector competence,” adds MacAskill.
As part of this initiative OWC has recruited Adrienne Fink who will lead this new Boston based team. Fink has worked as an environmental and regulatory consultant with over 20 years of experience in the U.S. energy sectors in the onshore, coastal, and marine infrastructure markets. Fink was also an early adopter and supporter of US offshore wind, involved with the MMS reorganization and development of BOEMRE (now BOEM) and interim Rule Guidance development.
OWC is part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, an energy consulting group providing consultancy services to the offshore renewables, oil and gas as well as the maritime and shipping industries globally.