Offshore wind hits the ground running

Statoil’s investment in the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind is an important step forward for offshore wind technology and a perfect example of the synergies between the offshore wind sector and the oil & gas industry, says CEO of WindEurope, Giles Dickson.

Interview with Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope

To strengthen our commitment to a diversified mix of energy forms, ONS has become a member of WindEurope, an association with over 450 members from more than 40 countries who works to promote wind power. According to the CEO Giles Dickson, the offshore wind sector has benefited hugely from the years of relevant experience in the oil and gas industry.

“Offshore wind wouldn’t be where we are today without the input and expertise that we have from the oil and gas sector”, said Dickson. “As two complementary parts of the energy sector, we work closely together to fully exploit the synergies that exist. In oil and gas there is much longer and deeper experience from offshore work. A productive transfer of skills, expertise, infrastructure and in some cases personnel to the offshore wind sector in recent years is greatly welcome.”

What does the oil and gas industry stand to learn from the wind industry?

“There is substantial technology development ongoing in offshore wind that we hope will help the oil and gas industry. An example we are working on is offshore wind turbines replacing the diesel generators that provide electricity for offshore on oil and gas platforms. More broadly, offshore wind is developing a supply chain that will in turn help to sustain jobs and skills in the wider supply chain that is also serving oil and gas. We are living off the same supply chain, and keeping downward pressure on costs will be in both sectors’ interests.”

As more and more oil and gas companies go green, how do you see the future of the oil and gas industry?

“In WindEurope we are working towards a world of 100% renewables in electricity and wider energy. It is a long-term goal and a long-term transition. And in that transition fossil fuels have a very important role to play.”

What are the challenges in the Norwegian wind industry?

“A key challenge for further development of wind energy in Norway is that Norway is nearly 100% self-sufficient in renewable electricity. However, we see an important role for Norway in the development of the North Sea as a production centre for offshore electricity contributing to the wider supply of electricity from the North Sea basin. The potential is huge, especially when you look at the low costs.

Which opportunities do you see in the relationship between ONS and Wind Europe?

“We are excited about this. We can learn from each other and support each other in many ways. I was pleased to speak at ONS 2016 and I very much look forward to returning to the next event in 2018. ONS is an organisation that represents the oil and gas industry, WindEurope represents the wind industry, and our two sectors need to help and support each other. The collaboration between ONS and WindEurope embodies that perfectly.”

ONS is delighted to mark its working collaboration with WindEurope by providing all ONS customers with a 15% discount to 1-day or 3-day conference passes (which include lunch and exhibition access) at the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam from 28th – 30th November 2017.

Register at here and quote this special discount code: DC_ONS_CONFEX2017 to obtain a 15% discount.

Please note that companies or individuals that are currently active members of WindEurope will not be able to use the special ONS discount code in addition to any membership discounted rates provided.

Meet our ONS Key Account Manager, Angelo Iannelli at WindEurope 2017 in Amsterdam to discuss any exhibition or sponsorship opportunities for ONS 2018 by contacting him on tel: +47 932 56125 or e-mail: