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OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE SECTION SPONSOR All in a day’s work…


NAME: BJORN MO ØSTGREN


COMPANY: SCIRA OFFSHORE ENERGY – A JOINT VENTURE COMPANY OWNED BY STATOIL, STATKRAFT AND GREEN INVESTMENT BANK


OCCUPATION: GENERAL MANAGER OF SHERINGHAM SHOAL


FAST FORWARD


It is hard to believe that the last time I interviewed a member of the team at Sheringham Shoal it was nigh on two and half years ago – so it is with some anticipation that I speak with the newly appointed General Manager, Bjorn Mo Østgren - fast forward these years to 9th January 2014 when Statkraft took over the operations of this £1 billion project comprising 88 3.6MW turbines and delve behind the scenes to explore what makes the man at the helm tick!


AND SO THE NARRATIVE BEGINS… Hailing from Stockholm and a student with a strong interest in renewable energy he had an inherent desire to change and improve the world – his thoughts were green and all things he undertook were green – undertaking a PHD in Stockholm in product management this would be the first step to a fascinating career.


Living in Norway and working within the oil & gas industry at that time was certainly challenging, albeit from a green perspective, Bjorn Mo saw the parallel opportunities and used what he had learnt in offshore gas installations to utilise these competences within the new emerging offshore wind sector.


NEW ROLE


In May last year Bjorn Mo embarked upon his new role. Responsible for operations and management; focusing on the asset management function and capital expenditure of the project, overseeing and maintaining the long term integrity; reporting weekly direct to the Scira Board of Directors.


Bjorn Mo continues that with this responsibility it is important to achieve a balance - a challenge between split locations, strategy meetings, stakeholder management and community engagement; every aspect of regulatory environment, media conferencing (over link systems to avoid excessive travelling and time efficient) supplier meetings but to name a few of the myriad of responsibilities – of which at this juncture he mentions how impressed he is with the team at Sheringham Shoal.


RELISHING THE ROLE


It’s rather unfair to enquire what constitutes a typical day – I knew what the answer would be – ‘No such thing as a typical day!’ However moving on….to the challenges…


His relish for the role is almost palpable especially when he recounts the challenging previous year when he was assisting with negotiations with The Green Investment Bank to acquire a new partner – calling upon a large portfolio of experience and stating how proud he was to be part of the team to achieve this.


INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION? “…definitely working with such knowledgeable and fascinating people in this environment.” Three words to describe Positive, driven and pragmatic.


HOBBIES


Sports to release pressure especially cross-country skiing, running, spending time with his family and he modestly recounts an aspiring chef – his speciality dish fish and seafood, not necessarily in that order!


AIMS AND ASPIRATIONS Bjorn Mo states: “Having only held the role for 8 months working towards the long term prospects at Sheringham Shoal – delivering above and beyond of what is expected. Aspiring to be a world class operator contributing to that goal with efficient operations, continually working towards reducing costs and aid efficiency within this sector.”


IN A NUTSHELL


Upon speaking to this erudite gentleman it is not difficult to deduce that he is unwavering in his intentions to succeed within this role with the team and thrives upon the challenges and opportunities. We look forward to speaking with him again in the near future for the next instalment.


Fliss Chaffer, Interviewer Wind Energy Network


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