2017 Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

7:30 AM Networking Breakfast

Room: Red Oak
8:30- 8:40 AM Welcome to Houston!

Speaker:
Stephanie Kolodziej, Conference Chair, Offshore Wind Executive Summit, Publisher, Renewable Energy World
8:40- 9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Address

Speaker:
Michael A. Celata, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Room: Red Oak
9:00- 10:00 AM Keynote and Fireside Chat: America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Block Island, the first offshore wind farm in the United States is a 30 megawatt, 5 turbine project off the coast of Rhode Island. This project demonstrates a turning point in power generation in the US and is an example of people and industry coming together. Learn from those that were involved with the project – how they had the vision to go beyond “business as usual” and embrace the opportunities of the booming US offshore wind industry and how they dealt with the challenges of market entry. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Speakers:

Roy Francis, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Gulf Island Fabrication
Jennifer Daniels, Director of Offshore Energy, Tetra Tech
Markus Rieck, Managing Director - Commercial Operation, Sales & Marketing, Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy
Joseph A. Orgeron, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Montco, Inc.
John O’Keeffe, Manager, Operations & Maintenance and Marine Affairs, Deepwater Wind

Moderators:

Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World

Room: Red Oak
10:00- 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30- 11:30 AM Diversification and the Opportunities That Exist Today (and Tomorrow)

Offshore wind presents a considerable amount of opportunity for oil and gas companies so long as they plan ahead of the development boom in the Northeast of the United States. With more than 1 million acres of land being leased by the BOEM, the oil and gas industry is posed to support this fast growing and competitive new market. This session will help you to understand the size of the market and its main drivers, the major players within the market, the current status on the many land leases, the cost dynamics of a project and the procurement processes and trends.

Speakers:

Thomas Brostrøm, President, North America, Wind Power, DONG Energy
David Rowland, New Business Director, Scottish Power/Avangrid
Meagan Keiser, Legal Counsel, Statoil
Paul Rich, Director, Project Development, US Wind

Moderator:

Stephanie McClellan, Ph.D., Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, University of Delaware

Room: Red Oak
11:45 - 12:45 PM   The Three Pillars of Success: Equipment, Logistics and Installation

Offshore wind projects are complicated. There are many steps between the components leaving the manufacturing facility and being ready for offshore installation. Installation equipment, support services, such as SPMT, lift boats and crew vessels are paramount in the success of an offshore wind farm. Hear from experts within both offshore wind and oil and gas on how they are successfully supporting the current market, the port and harbor considerations and the complex installation process.

Speakers:
Joseph A. Orgeron, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Montco, Inc.
Brett Berard, VP Operations, Berard Transportation

Moderator:

Brent Patterson, Sr. Vice President, Global Projects, Blue Water Shipping US, Inc.

Room: Red Oak
 
12:45- 2:00 PM Networking Lunch

Room: Red Oak
2:00- 3:00 PM Infrastructure, Development and Project Management

Oil and gas developers are known for their world class project management capabilities and know the challenges of completing complex projects and operating in harsh marine environments. While there are many differences between these two markets, the synergies are plentiful. Hear from an expert panel on regulation and permitting, the diversification of services, engineering and design from offshore oil to offshore wind and opportunities that exist within project development.

Speakers:
Jim Bennet, Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Rudy Hall, Senior Consultant - Project Sponsor, Keystone Engineering Inc.
Lars Samueulsson, Manager - Offshore Engineering Department, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Bruno Stuyts, General Manager, Belgium, Cathie Associates

Moderator:

Anne-Marie Walters, Marketing Director, Bentley

Room: Red Oak
3:00- 4:00 PM The Industry Demands for Offshore Wind Engineering and Design

Innovative, technological improvements will drive cost reductions for the Balance of Plant (BoP) sectors, including foundations and cables, and can offer both onshore wind and offshore oil and gas businesses diversification opportunities. Suppliers of ancillary equipment such as cables and protection systems as well as improvements to the turbine foundation design and fabrication can lead to the reduction of the LCOE. During this session learn about different offshore wind foundation options, their synergies with the oil & gas market, technological improvements for cabling and installation as well as innovations in engineering and design.

Speakers:
Phillip Walsh, Business Development, Trelleborg Offshore
Alana Duerr, Offshore Wind Lead, U.S. Department of Energy
Jim Byrne, Project Manager, Atkins Global

Moderator:

Habib Dagher, Prof. Habib Joseph Dagher, PhD., PE, Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine

Room: Red Oak
4:00- 4:30 PM Coffee Break
4:30- 5:30 PM Increasing Performance, Managing Risks and Lowering Costs

Project developers are always looking at ways to reduce risks and lower costs – this of course can happen in many ways such as cutting installation times. Strong partners and good project management are essential in order to reduce risk and thus costs. With cost ranging from $2 million to $5 million per megawatt (MW) installed, the financial backing of a strong insurance partner is a must in order to put stakeholders' minds at ease. In this session experts discuss what factors they use to evaluate risk and determine pricing for offshore wind farms.

Speakers:

Harold Watson, Partner, Chafffe McCall
Jatin Sharma, Head of Business Development, GCUBE
Chris Bintcliffe, Executive Vice President/Engineering Manager, MatthewsDaniel

Moderator:
Ted Dimitry, Vice President and Unit Manager, Energy & Marine Group, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Room: Red Oak
4:30- 5:30 PM Adapting Oil and Gas Design Technology to Offshore Wind Platforms

Some of the most innovative technological advancements have come from the offshore and marine environments. This session will cover the latest advances in offshore wind turbine technology and the automated tools available to determine environmental and mechanical loading responses, predicting fatigue and analyzing structural integrity for safe operations. The session will also touch on the human element by looking at the transfer of engineering skills needed to analyze wind turbines offshore, compared to oil & gas platforms.

Speakers:
Zach Finucane, General Manager, Offshore Renewables, Keystone Engineering Inc.
Phil Christensen, Vice President, Analytical Modeling, Bentley

Moderators:

Parvinder Jhita, Senior Product Manager, Bentley

Room: Elm
5:30- 7:30 PM Networking Reception

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

7:30 AM Networking Breakfast

Room: Red Oak
8:30 - 9:00 AM
Opening Address followed by Press Briefing

Speaker:
Randall Luthi, President, National Ocean Industries Association

Room: Red Oak
9:15- 10:15 AM Lessons Learned from Europe

Today, Europe remains the dominant market for offshore wind and it is expected to remain so until at least 2025. Of the 11GW currently commissioned in Europe, almost 50% of that is in the UK and about 30% is in Germany. Not unlike the US, Europe has many government requirements for project development and land lease auctions. During this session, gain a new understanding from an established market on the transfer of proven concepts from offshore oil to offshore wind.

Speakers:

Andy Geissbuehler, Managing Partner, Renewable Resources International
Karel Wagner, Senior Engineer, GustoMSC US
Pauric Whelan, Regional Manager America, FoundOcean
Yves Van Ingelgem, CEO, Zensor

Moderator:

Lauren Burm, Head of Public Affairs, US Wind Power, DONG Energy

Room
: Red Oak
10:15- 10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45- 11:45 AM Successful Operation and Maintenance: Maximizing the Life of an Offshore Wind Farm

The lifetime of an offshore wind farm can be up to 20 years and as more offshore assets are built in the US, the technical and commercial challenges of operating these projects will be increasingly important. In Europe, O&M related activities can account for 25% of the lifetime cost of an offshore wind farm. Innovations in technology including drones, sensors, monitoring and data analytics are just some of the tools that can help to create efficiencies and reduce costs. This session explores key software, hardware and skill sets needed to ensure maximum system availability and ROI for developers and owner/operators.

Speakers:

Jason Folsom, Siemens Gamesa
Anna Hilden, Global Industry Manager Offshore Wind, StormGeo
John O'Keeffe, Manager, Operations & Maintenance and Marine Affars, Deepwater Wind
Phillippe Herve, Vice President of Solutions, SparkCognition

Moderators:

Jennifer Delony, Associate Editor, Renewable Energy World

Room: Red Oak

*Invited but has not yet signed the official speaker agreement.