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SMC open a new office in Lowestoft

In January 2018 Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) opened their new office at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft.
Over the past 11 years the company has grown dramatically, with this latest expansion taking place in concurrence with what is an extremely exciting time for the Energy sector in East Anglia.
OrbisEnergy is a premier centre of excellence for offshore renewables based in the East of England.
It is a prime location for the development of large Offshore Wind Farms and the Gas Industry in the Southern North Sea.
Commenting on the opening of the new office, SMC’s Sales Operations Manager Gary Horner said
“Our office at OrbisEnergy, the Offshore Renewable Energy hub in Lowestoft provides Specialist Marine Consultants Limited with a permanent presence local to the area.
This considerably enhances our ability in providing specialist solutions and support to existing and future Wind Farms Offshore East Anglia; and the energy sector as a whole.”
With twenty-three years Operational and Project Management experience within the Petrochemical and Renewables Industry, Gary has gained an extensive track record in supporting large multi-discipline projects across the UK and Europe, onshore and offshore.
Gary will be based at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft supporting projects in East Anglia and further a field.

SMC adds Experience to the Team with their new Sales Operations Manager.

Gary Horner has recently joined Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC), as the Sales Operations Manager. Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years’ Operational and Project Management experience within the Petrochemical and Renewables Industries, along with an extensive track record in supporting large multi-discipline project across the UK and Europe, onshore and offshore.

Gary will work alongside SMC’s Business Development Manager, George Moore assisting with the growth of SMC and increasing the company’s presence in the Renewables and Oil and Gas Sectors.

When speaking to Gary about joining SMC, he said “Over the past 6 ½ years I have very much enjoyed successfully providing thirty-nine Offshore Wind Farms with Installation and Service support solutions. Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd has an enviable reputation for providing services and solutions of the highest standard to the energy sector and I am very much looking forward to utilising my experience as part of the team”

SMC welcomed Taiwan Power Company (TPC)
SMC welcomed delegates from the Taiwan Power Company (TPC) to their head office in Hunmanby, UK, last week.
The three delegates, who are spending time visiting sites across the UK in order to gather valuable insights into the offshore wind industry, held detailed discussions with SMC directors and senior management as TPC look to accelerate their activities in the Taiwanese offshore wind market.
Taiwan Power Company currently possess a 100% stake in the consented Changhua pilot project, located off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan, and hold further interest in proposed projects throughout the region.
The Taiwanese government plan to produce 4GW of electricity through offshore wind by the year 2030 and SMC Managing Director, Ian Coates, had this to say on welcoming the TPC delegation, “The Taiwanese market is an area of great interest for SMC. As we look to expand our portfolio of work, we are open to engaging with emerging markets and the companies active within them. TPC and their commitment to renewable energy and high standards of HSE and quality are extremely encouraging. We will continue to maintain a dialogue with TCP and thank them for taking the time to visit us here in the UK”.

SMCs work on Veja Mate nears a close
SMC has provided maritime service personnel throughout the construction phase on the Veja Mate Offshore Project. Starting with Marine Coordinators in 2015 and expanding over the next year to Offshore Technicians, Offshore Construction Managers and Client Representatives across the project. SMC’s Technicians will finish work on the Project this month and the Marine Coordinators are expected to finish later in the year.
Veja Mate is the world’s furthest offshore wind farm, located 95km NW from Borkum Island in the German Exclusive Economic Zone, consisting of 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines. When the wind farm is fully operational it will provide enough electricity annually for 400,000 homes in Germany.
The Project was commissioned four months earlier than expected, taking less than 14 months from the start of construction.
Veja Mate’s Installation Project Manager, Nick Ingham said “We are most pleased with SMC’s contribution to the successful execution of Veja Mate, their installation and commissioning works were carried out with high efficiency and a strong focus on safety. We can only give the highest possible recommendation for the selection of SMC for roles that are within their wide range of services.”
Steve Evans, Operations Manager at SMC added, “Veja Mate’s strong procedural practices allowed us to honour our commitment to working to the highest quality and safety standards throughout the course of the Project. We are delighted to have been a part of such a ground-breaking Project and to add yet more significant experience to our existing portfolio of work”.