Contract Risk Management In Offshore Wind Construction

Contract Risk Management in Offshore Wind

Day 2: Friday 16 September 2016


Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

Martin Sandgren, Partner, Ince & Co


Contract Standards in the UK, Germany and France

Review of contracting standards in the UK, Germany and France. Developers and stakeholders are increasingly active across different jurisdictions. The need to learn lessons and drive to standardise contract positions highlights the need to understand what some of these are and where standardisation between jurisdiction is possible. Session will include:

  • Exploring key differences between the three jurisdictions

  • Exploring key similarities

  • Considering specific issues that may need to be taken into account when applying standards across all three or learning lessons between jurisdictions 

Melanie Grimmitt, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP


Developer Experience Of Risk Allocation 

In this session find out how risk allocation works in practice with reference to major European offshore wind projects 

Michele Schiavone,   Head Of Offshore Wind And New Technologies,   EDF-ER

Scott  Fotheringham,  Blyth Offshore Wind Contract Manager, EDF-ER


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


JOINT PRESENTATION: Deep Dive Into Ground Condition And Survey Risks 

  • How much do we know about the seabed?

  • Understanding the science behind survey risks

  • Risk wordings: analysing the data, accepted scientific standards to define and allocate risks

  • Environmental issues contributing to risk

  • Effects of marine growth on offshore structures

  • Biosecurity: understanding the offshore wind industry in the context of current legislation, policy and guidance in the UK and further afield

Dr. Klaus Michels, Head of Geology and Geophysics,  FUGRO
Kate Buckle, Senior Environmental Consultant, FUGRO


Practical Interface Management In The Current Markets

  • Ensuring contractors are sufficiently resourced and experiences to manage contract interface in today’s market

  • How evolving contracting strategies are impacting interface management: identifying new areas of risk

  • How is interface risk being negotiated, allocated and managed

Garron Lees, Business Development Manager, ODE

Networking Lunch


Case study:  Latest Approaches And Challenges In Negotiating WTG Service Contracts

In this practical and interactive session you will be encouraged to contribute your thoughts and review latest service contract approaches & best practices from perspectives of an employer and a contractor.

  • Lessons Learned so far from On- and Offshore Wind Service and Maintenance Agreements

  • New Approaches: Time vs. Production based Availability Guarantees
  • Focus: Best Practices in the market:
    • Preventative maintenance
    • End of Warranty Inspection 
    • Insurance perspective – what can and can’t be covered?
    • Tools for efficient contract management

Alexander Kruse, Managing Director, Carneades Project Services


Managing Vessel Risk in Offshore Wind Projects

  • Exploring trend of moving away from directly contracting for vessels: what does this mean for contracting strategies and risk allocation?

  • Addressing weather sensitivity in vessel agreement

  • When to secure vessels:
    - During construction
    - Availability for Repairs

David Matthews, General Manager, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier

Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Conference

15:15  Networking Time And Afternoon Refreshments

Make the most of the event and keep the discussions going with afternoon refreshments


End Of Forum