7 October 2022 -The Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy floating offshore wind partnership has appointed project directors to its two Scottish developments. Thomas Hudson took up the role of project director of Broadshore Offshore Wind in September with David Robertson appointed to the same position for Bellrock Offshore Wind.
Both have extensive experience in the onshore and offshore wind industries around the world. Originally from Cumbria but now based in Dumfries and Galloway, Thomas Hudson began his career in civil engineering and worked on several offshore wind projects, including Beatrice, before moving to BlueFloat Energy earlier this year.
Born and bred in Scotland, David began his career in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry before moving into renewables. He has delivered several offshore wind projects, most recently working on adapting innovative substructure technology from the oil and gas industry for use in floating offshore wind projects.
“The development of floating offshore wind will be key to achieving Scotland’s net zero ambitions and I am delighted to be involved at such a crucial time, when Scotland can truly realise its potential to become a global centre of excellence in floating offshore wind,” said Thomas Hudson.
David Robertson said: “A considerable part of our role is to help ensure that the skills of the Scottish workforce can transition into the vibrant floating offshore wind industry, providing jobs and supporting Scotland’s economic growth. This is an amazing opportunity for Scotland, and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”
Richard Dibley, Managing Director of Falck Renewables Wind Ltd, said: “We are delighted to welcome David and Thomas to our Broadshore and Bellrock developments. They both have an extensive track record in the offshore wind sector, which will be invaluable in delivering projects to boost the Scottish economy, drive the supply chain and benefit communities.”
Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy, said: “The appointments of Thomas and David bring leadership and expertise to our floating offshore wind operations in Scotland. Their knowledge of the renewables industry and developing offshore wind farms in Scotland will ensure we deliver effective projects that scale up floating offshore wind technology and provide a secure supply of clean energy.”
The Bellrock floating wind project will be located off the coast east of Aberdeen and has a seabed lease agreed with Crown Estate Scotland (CES) for up to 1.2 GW. Broadshore will be north of Fraserburgh and had a seabed lease agreed for up to 500 MW. This has now been increased to 900 MW after the plans for the turbine layout were reworked using larger, more efficient wind turbines.