CONSULTANCIES FORM SINGAPORE PARTNERSHIP
Orkney marine energy consultancies, Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd (OMMC)
and Aquatera have formed a new Singapore based partnership with local company OceanPixel to provide marine operations planning, management and verification services
The new company - Orcades Marine Asia Pte Ltd – combines the pioneering global experience and expertise gained through the work of OMMC and Aquatera with the in-depth understanding of South East Asia provided by OceanPixel.
PRIMARY FOCUS The primary focus of Orcades Marine Asia will be to provide operational management of marine renewable energy installations, including tidal, wave, floating solar and offshore wind. The firm will also engage in research and development projects aimed at developing innovative and cost-efficient deployment solutions for the Asian marine renewables sector.
Captain David Thomson, Managing Director of OMMC, said: “We’ve worked on projects in Asia now for a number of years and have an excellent relationship with OceanPixel and other key specialists in the region. Establishing a formal partnership in Singapore was the next logical step for us and it helps ensure we’re well placed to capitalise on the many opportunities arising from the emerging renewables sector in Asia.”
He added: “Orkney is very much regarded as the centre of excellence in marine renewables, with local supply chain firms, such as ours, increasingly engaged in overseas projects. Orkney has an enviable reputation worldwide.”
The collaborating team has already been involved in managing and implementing a number of ground breaking studies
OCEAN ENERGY INDUSTRY BEGINS TAKE-OFF IN 2016
2016 saw an unprecedented number of ocean energy deployments in Europe, according to a report published by Ocean Energy Europe. The report, entitled Ocean Energy Project Spotlight – Investing in Tidal & Wave Energy, highlights the key projects driving this new industrial sector forward.’
Commenting on the report, OEE Policy Director Jacopo Moccia said: “Europe’s ocean energy industry began to take off in 2016, with just under 20MW deployed capacity in the water by the end of the year and another 30MW under construction. Most notably, the tidal industry deployed its first pre-commercial farms at Paimpol-Brehat in France; and the MeyGen and Shetland Tidal Array projects in Scotland.
and technology deployments in South East Asia. Tidal turbines have been successfully installed and operated in West Papua, Indonesia and Sentosa, Singapore. Prospective development sites have been surveyed in the Philippines, Singapore and in Indonesia. The team has also been engaged in the supervision of two technology fabrication programmes based in Singapore.
Mike Abundo, Managing Director of Ocean Pixel, reflected: “OceanPixel is keen to keep enabling the ecosystem for sustainable energy. Establishing Orcades Marine Asia ensures that pioneering efforts in marine renewable energy in South East Asia leverages the invaluable expertise and experience from the UK. Advancing the frontier of marine operations through OMA helps serve the development of ocean energy and other markets in the Asia Pacific more effectively.”
INVESTORS AND CO-DEVELOPERS As well as providing support to global technology and project development clients wishing to work in SEA, Orcades Marine Asia will be working closely with
the OceanTera project development companies being established in the Philippines, Singapore and elsewhere. These companies, backed by Aquatera and OceanPixel, are partnering with investors and project co-developers to proactively lead in the establishment of demonstration and commercial projects across the SEA region.
GROUND BREAKING SUCCESS Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Aquatera, explained: “As a team we were clear that we needed to use our extensive experience, expertise and local knowledge to start to bring forward good commercial development opportunities proactively. The combination of activities and services that Orcades Marine Asia, OceanTera, Ocean Pixel and Aquatera can provide, alongside input from energy customers, project investors and technology providers, creates the right dynamic for making rapid progress and delivering ground breaking marine energy success.”
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“A lot of this is being driven by the EU who have begun to put their shoulder to the wheel: Horizon 2020 has committed €130m to ocean energy since 2014, and in 2016 the European Investment Bank invested in the sector for the first time.
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