UL opens an office in Glasgow to develop its offshore wind business

UL, a world leader in safety science, has opened a new office in Glasgow, which will serve as a global hub for its growing offshore wind business.

UL aims to provide expert assistance to customers and their projects, helping to navigate complexities and mitigate risk through the various stages of development and operation by providing access to proven science and engineering and the best data and software available.

David Parkinson, head of offshore wind in UL’s Asset and Sustainability Performance division, will lead the Scottish office.

UL’s offshore team has over 60 years of combined experience in the energy industry. Recent efforts include working with proprietary engineers, due diligence and early development support projects in Vietnam, Spain, UK and Australia, and conducting market research for companies entering the market. offshore space.

The announcement follows the recent publication of the results of Crown Estate Scotland’s seabed lease auction, ScotWind, which will see 10GW of offshore wind development across 15 projects over the next few years.

“The recent ScotWind auctions have shown that Scotland is one of the hubs of pioneering offshore wind development,” Parkinson said. “Glasgow is a natural fit for UL’s base of our global offshore wind service offerings.”

Offshore wind has the greatest growth potential of all renewable energy technologies, with seven times the capacity of the current market, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s Global Offshore Wind report.