The Deeper Water Offshore Wind Conference – Driving Costs Down (Londen)

A Senior, One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 21st April 2015, Central London 



08.30 Registration & Coffee, Objective Setting

 09.00 Morning Chairman’s Opening Remarks Marcel Sunier Project Director, Nordsee Ost Offshore Windfarm RWE Innogy GmbH


Fixed Foundations -Double Perspective

09.10 Practical, Commercially-Viable, Fixed Foundation Innovations & Solutions Which Reduce Costs From Design To Deployment

- Foundation design: what was considered and what was actually needed from the structure to be investable and operable in complex sites at 40-60m water depths?

- The latest technical updates on optimising foundation structures for different geotechnical conditions and what we can standardise to reduce future costs

- Applying practical, front-line experiences to reduce foundation costs across the entire lifecycle, from construction to installation, to O&M and decommissioning

- Overcoming the barriers to adopting foundation innovations: what’s holding us back, what’s next and what innovations will help to reduce costs and industrialise? From suction buckets to jackets and monopiles


09.10 Perspective One

09.20 Perspetive Two 

Floating Foundations – Oil & Gas Experiences

09.50 Viable, Innovative Floating Foundations Which Reduce Costs & Deliver Economically-Feasible Solutions

- When will floating foundations reduce costs and deliver a feasible alternative to fixed foundations in deeper waters? A look to the latest cost-reduction paths in floating wind

- Taking the plunge – an update on the latest cost-reduction studies and experiences on what is working in practice at demonstration and functioning sites

- Semi-submersible, spars and tension legs – what consensus and evidence is there on which one will deliver the most commercially and operationally-viable wind parks?

- Floating specific challenges: the technology, risks and the likely challenges to overcome for wider adoption



Foundation Q&A – Industry Panel & Delegate Debate

10.10 Fixed Vs. Floating Costs & Innovations

Join the debate! Engage with the industry panel and your fellow attendees on the pros and cons of different fixed and floating innovations and the solutions needed for commercial application, development and industrialisation.


10.30 Refreshment Break With Informal, Facilitated Networking

 11.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Partner To get involved in The Deeper Water Offshore Wind Conference, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. for more details.


Innovation Roadmap – Panel Discussion

11.20 The Innovation Roadmap To Reducing Costs, Optimising Technology, Standardising & Industrialising For Commercially-Viable Wind Farms In Deeper Waters


- Looking ahead – which technologies should the industry focus on to reduce costs and mass produce to prevent the supply chain from guessing and taking unnecessary risks?

- Overcoming liability issues when adopting new technologies. What can the industry do better to adopt potential cost-saving technologies and innovations faster?

- Aligning finance and subsidies with technological innovations. Is the door shut to innovation development and how can we reduce the cost of innovation ownership?

- Which innovations will make offshore wind in deeper waters commercially-viable on a larger scale and how can we optimise what we have?

- Working together to commercialise, industrialise, mature and optimise the technologies already adopted


11.50 Timelines, Volumes & Forecasts For Developing Innovation-Led, Commercially-Viable Offshore Wind Projects

- What’s on the horizon? The timescales to help deliver more projects and drive costs down for a lower cost per MWH

- What is causing projects to hang in the balance or fall away and how can we meet the challenges and potential opportunities associated with them as budgets tighten?

- A look to applying the latest developer insights and their lessons learned to instil market confidence and develop offshore wind cheaper and faster

- What collaborative lessons can we learn from each other and the oil and gas sector to standardise and make greater savings?

- The new world for offshore wind – what government support is there for offshore wind and how are market conditions changing in Europe, UK and worldwide?


11.50 Perspective One: DEVELOPER PERSPECTIVE

12.10 Perspective Two: DEVELOPER PERSPECTIVE

12.30 Perspective Three: GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE

12.50 Lunch & Informal Networking For Delegates, Partners & Speakers

13.30 Informal Roundtable Discussions & Peer Brainstorming

A) Test Sites Update: Enabling The Industry To Test With Confidence

B) Construction Update: Bottlenecks, Experiences & Future Challenges

C) Certification Update: What Investors Want & Driving Standards

D) Floating Lidar Update: Timescales, Success & Future Uptake


13.50 Afternoon Chairman’s Opening Remarks


Securing Finance

14.00 Securing Finance & Buy-In For New Technologies With Bankable, Cost-Saving Bids Which Win Over Investors

- Getting a better commercial deal. An overview of the different funding models available and the in’s and out’s of ensuring construction happens with these funding sources

- What’s the “secret”? Improving bankability – what needs to be done to make projects commercially attractive for investors?

- The design considerations which impact the perception that a project is too expensive or risky and unlikely to generate the return investors want

- The testing and diligence investors want to see when it comes to adopting new innovations, technologies and risks

Finance Q&A – Industry Panel & Delegate Debate

14.25 How Can We Improve The Project’s Bankability & Investability?

Join the debate! Engage with the industry panel and your fellow attendees on securing finance in an industry focused on driving costs down. Discuss the in’s and out’s of different funding types and securing finance for projects and innovations.


Turbines Technical Update

14.45 Improving Reliability, Reducing Costs & Driving Efficiency For Larger Turbines In Deeper Waters, Further Offshore

- Practical lessons learnt when accounting for larger turbines in foundation design and the likely timescales and test issues before wider take-up in the market

- Turbine reliability and differing turbine dynamics in installation and O&M with larger turbines – how will it be efficient for the whole lifetime?

- A look to direct drive adoption and integrated design – what will future turbine capacities be over the next 5 years and what are the likely innovations?

15.10 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Partner To get involved in The Deeper Water Offshore Wind Conference, please call +44 (0)20 3479 2299 or email Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. for more details.

15.30 Refreshment Break With Informal, Facilitated Networking

Vessels Technical Update – Double Perspective

16.00 A Look To Reducing Vessel & Access Costs Through Innovation & Improved Project Efficiency

- Utilising performance metrics and availability to improve vessel performance and efficiency whilst reducing costs

- What can we do better? The lessons learnt in improving efficiency for installation and O&M during short weather windows and difficult working conditions

- The innovations and project efficiencies which reduce costs when delivering crew and materials 

16.00 Perspective One

16.20 Perspective Two: Vessel Vetting For More Efficient & Safer Operations In Deeper Water, Further Offshore

 Cables Technical Update – Double Perspective

16.40 Deploying Robust, Reliable Cable & Grid Connections Which Reduce Costs Whilst Meeting Challenging Conditions

- The bankable, technical innovations which are improving cable reliability and delivering optimised grid connections whilst avoiding insurance claims and higher costs down the road

- The DC vs. AC debate. What has worked for different projects and what new information can we use to establish industry consensus on adoption and standardisation?

- Advice on array, redundancy layouts and optimising the substation and grid connection from installation to O&M

- What are the advances in cable and grid connections and how will they reduce costs when connecting your wind farm to the grid?

- Speaker To Be Announced; Please Check The Website For More Details



Contracting & Supply Chain

17.00 Stay Ahead! Adopting New Procurement & Contracting Strategies For The Changing Supply Chain

- The new supply chain shift – how is the market changing for the offshore wind supply chain and how will this impact contract conditions, volumes and risk adoption?

- The wider adoption of project finance and how companies will utilise their experience to expand or specialise in differing offshore work streams to drive costs down

- Multi-contractual, EPC or alliancing? Which is the way forward for project management and ensuring projects are delivered on time and on cost? 

17.25 Close of Conference

Consolidate your learning from the main conference day with these separately-bookable, post-conference, half-day workshops and networking events: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 AM) Cost-Effective Foundation Installation, Innovations & Maintenance

Registration and more information

In collaboration with the organisers, as member of NWEA you can get a discount of between £150 - £398 to attend the 5th annual Deeper Water Offshore Wind Conference - Driving Costs Down which is taking place in London on 21st April 2015. To get your discount, you just need to quote “NWEA” under ‘ID Code’ when booking online here. Please feel free to share this information to other colleagues of NWEA members. 


For more information, please download the brochure here or contact:

Amy Morrison

+44 (0)20 7953 4016

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