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Second Wind: The Offshore Wind Sector in Ireland and its Potential



Hosted by Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions Ltd, this half day workshop is to discuss and debate the potential value of offshore wind to Ireland Inc. 


Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions Ltd. (GDG), founded in 2011 by Paul Doherty and Kenneth Gavin, is a specialist geotechnical engineering consultancy, providing innovative geotechnical solutions across a broad range of civil engineering sectors.


Conference Theme:

To share common challenges and find mutual beneficial solutions that will allow Ireland to harness the market opportunities of offshore wind. This will allow Ireland to achieve economic development and socially inclusive, sustainable growth in the offshore wind sector.

Target Audience:

The full range of stakeholders and actors required to develop a strong and capable offshore wind sector in Ireland. Including project developers, supply chain entities, contractors, investors, government and public stakeholders, as well as environmental, financial and technical consultants.


13:00: Networking Lunch

14:00: Opening Address

14:20 : Case Study Presentations:

Risk and the Value of Data in Offshore Wind

Paul Doherty (Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions)

Think global, build local: the case for concrete floating substructures

Ole Stobbe (Ideol)

Developer Experience – European Lessons Learned”

Bernard Casey (Mainstream Renewable Power)

15:30: Coffee Break

15:50: Case Study Presentations:

Turbine Technology Trends

TBC (Siemens)

Lessons from a large EPCI contract

Richard den Hollander (Seaway Heavy Lifting )

UK offshore wind unplugged - what lessons for Ireland?

Ian McCarlie & Nicholas Carlin (Pinsent Masons)

17:00: Developer Panel

(Oriel & Parkwind / Element Power / DP Energy / SSE / Dublin Array & Innogy)

17:30: Networking Event & Drinks Reception 

Sponsorship of event by:

Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
Geological Survey
Pinsent Masons
Irish Maritime Development Office



Dr. Paul Doherty


Paul is a co-founder of GDG and has been the Managing Director since company inception in 2011 during which time he has grown the business to a team of 40+ engineers. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland. He has over ten years of experience in offshore wind farm engineering design and marine geotechnical engineering during which time he has been involved with a wide range of renewable energy projects including wind, wave and tidal developments. Paul is also intimately familiar with the ports and harbours sector having worked on port redevelopments in Cork, Dublin, Donegal and across the UK.

Ole Stobbe


Ole is a trained mechanical engineer passionate about realizing the transition to renewable energies. Spanning the last 18 years, Ole has worked in several offshore wind engineering and management positions in consultancies, project development companies and EPCI contractors. Since December 2015, Ole supports Ideol in the drive to bring floating offshore wind to commercial realization

Bernard Casey


Bernard graduated in civil engineering from University College Dublin and has a master’s degree in soil mechanics from Imperial College London. He has more than 30 years experience in the power industry, including onshore and offshore wind, much of which was spent with ESB International in both consulting engineer and EPC Contractor roles. Bernard has been with Mainstream Renewable Power for 9 years and headed the Offshore Engineering group in the company. As Head of Offshore Engineering he was responsible for technical direction of Mainstream’s offshore survey programme, technology selection and all engineering on Mainstream’s 5.6GW offshore portfolio.

Richard den Hollander


Richard has worked in the offshore transportation and installation sector for over 20 years. During this period he has worked with EMC (European Marine Contractors – Pipe lay Business) as a structural and marine engineer and with SHL (Seaway Heavy Lifting Engineering B.V.), as Installation Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Manager Business Acquisition and Business Development Director. Richard gained many years of offshore experience at the start of his career as Field engineer and later as Project Manager on board of the Heavy Lift Vessels owned by SHL. Originally, Richard is a bachelor level Civil Engineer with extensive practical offshore experience. Nowadays Richard is heading the business development department of the Offshore Wind division for SHL.

Ian McCarlie


Ian is a partner in the Energy and Finance Team at international law firm Pinsent Masons. Ian has worked in the energy sector for all of his career and in the last 10-12 years has focused exclusively on renewable energy generation projects advising investors, senior lenders, infrastructure funds, utilities and IPPs on project development, M&A, financing and procurement across all technologies with a major focus on wind and solar technologies. Ian heads up Pinsent Masons' Global Renewables Team advising clients on international investment and market entry into new regions and economies expanding their renewables footprint.

Nicholas Carlin


Nick is a Partner with Pinsent Masons, specialising in energy project supply chain arrangements. He has advised at various stages of some of the UK’s largest onshore and offshore projects, helping to formulate procurement strategies, driving implementation of these strategies and drafting and negotiating the required contract documents. Nick has worked with developers, contractors, funders and consultants and has a keen understanding of the issues faced by the different stakeholders and how those might be mitigated.

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Second Wind: The Offshore Wind Sector in Ireland and its Potential

8-10 Merrion Street Lower

Date & Time

Wed, 23 May 2018

13:00 - 18:30


The Davenport Hotel
8-10 Merrion Street Lower, (Off Merrion Square)
Dublin 2
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