Logistics leader’s new renewables hub base

A logistics leader carving a prominent profile in the offshore renewable energy industry alongside more than 50 years’ expertise in oil & gas is expanding to the renewables hub of the east.

Peterson has moved into OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft, among some of the biggest names in offshore wind development and supply.

Jim McSporran, Peterson’s regional director, said the company viewed Lowestoft and OrbisEnergy as a centre of excellence from which to strengthen its renewables reputation.

“OrbisEnergy will provide a platform for Peterson to increase its profile and service offering to a wider audience within the renewables industry. This will enable further business development both locally and regionally in the UK and NW Europe.

“In recent years, we have become more prominent in the offshore renewables sector, working for major clients operating in the local area from our Great Yarmouth base and wider North Sea region.”

Peterson – operating for nearly 100 years in logistics quality, certifications and risk management and in oil & gas since 1968 – is a leading example of a company that has diversified from oil & gas to renewables.

Cost-saving measures by a collaborative approach to vessel and resource sharing developed in the oil & gas industry could be adapted to benefit the wind industry into the next decade, Mr McSporran said.

“Peterson has worked with major clients in the renewables sector. It looks to deliver total integration of the energy supply chain, from analysing data and enhanced planning and procurement through to full offshore support for operations and maintenance (O&M).”

He added: “Our range of services enable our clients to benefit from economy of scale and efficiencies. These include supply base operations, warehouse and storage, procurement services via 80/20, customs and freight forwarding services, ships agency, aviation services, recruitment, fuel supply and offshore IMO tank containers, road transportation and decommissioning. 

“Our unique sharing solutions, built on more than 25 years’ experience, have been applied successfully to vessel and marine operations, helicopter and aviation, supply base, warehousing and inland transport.”

The new Lowestoft office would be supported by its team in Great Yarmouth.

“We can easily scale up making use of our existing staff members,” he said.

Established in more than 70 countries worldwide, Peterson’s offer stretches beyond development, construction and O&M to decommissioning.

“Once offshore assets reach the end of their technical lifetime, Peterson can provide a complete decommissioning service with its strategic decommissioning partner Veolia,” Mr McSporran said.

As well well as offices, meeting rooms, conference facilities and use of the boardroom, a reception service, communication and Internet links, tenants and virtual tenants of OrbisEnergy have access to an offshore renewables business network, including access to finance and investment support.

Johnathan Reynolds, of OrbisEnergy, said Peterson had developed a successful formula to adapt its oil & gas operations to expand into offshore wind and shape a role and reputation.

“Moving into OrbisEnergy is the next step in Peterson’s growth into offshore wind and other renewables. Placing themselves within the hub, just a few miles along the coast from its Great Yarmouth team, puts them at the centre of the offshore wind investment alongside the developers and their major contractors.

“Opportunities for tenant companies are expanding and developing all the time. Events at OrbisEnergy, like our current Offshore Wind Meets… series, helps businesses understand the major innovation opportunities and global growth markets for offshore renewables and what they need to do to win new business. That’s just a couple of examples of how OrbisEnergy is helping tenants and the wider business community here in the east.”

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Katie Snell

Having worked within the property department for 9 years, I have had the pleasure of working within the majority of the Nwes sites in the Norfolk and Waveney area. For the last 2.5 years I have been based at OrbisEnergy and more recently as Senior Coordinator overlooking the renewable hub and team.

Devon Mills

Devon has joined the team at OrbisEnergy as an Administration Coordinator in November 2014 and more recently a Centre Coordinator in January 2016. Having previously worked within various customer service roles she is pleased to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to her position at OrbisEnergy.

She is keen to build a strong understanding within the Offshore Renewable industry, whilst being able to develop a good mind for business and sales.

Johnathan Reynolds

Johnathan is responsible for all aspects of business and supply chain development for the flagship innovation and incubation centre for offshore renewables in the east of England, OrbisEnergy.

Matthew Holden

Matt’s role is Technical Support Manager, his main duty is leading the European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing Project (ECOWindS, www.ecowinds.eu) on behalf of Nwes. In addition to ECOWindS Matt’s role is provide support for the property team and to carry out specific project work.

John Balch

John is Managing Director of Nautilus, Director of Nwes and Hub Director of OrbisEnergy and Beacon Innovation Centre. He is a mechanical engineer and has broad experience gained over 40 years in the international offshore industry.

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