As global demand for renewable energy increases and offshore wind becomes a key technology to enable the energy transition, there is a foreseen supply chain crunch which may hinder country’s targets to install gigawatts of offshore wind. Singapore, given its well-established oil and gas and maritime facilities, is well positioned to become a key hub for the supply chain of offshore wind technology. Key topics we will cover:
- Singapore’s appetite for becoming an offshore wind production hub
- Lessons learnt from the European experience, as a pioneer in the establishment of offshore wind technology
- Synergies from oil & gas and maritime sector
08.30 am Registration
09.00 am Welcome Remarks by Mr Eivind S. Homme, Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore
09.05 am Opening Remarks by Mr Eduardo Karlin, Chair of the Sustainability Committee
09.10 am Keynote Presentation by Mr Eirik Ellingsen, Director at Offshore Wind, Norwegian Energy Partners
09.25 am Moderated Panel Discussion by Mr Benoit Nguyen, Technical Manager of Renewables and Energy Systems, DNV
- Mr Eduardo Karlin, General Manager Asia Pacific, Mainstream Renewable Power Asia Holdings
- Mr Eirik Ellingsen, Director at Offshore Wind, Norwegian Energy Partners
- Mr Keng Lin Lee, Founding Chief Executive Officer, Cyan Renewables
- Mr Ivan Lim, Vice President, Business Development, Floating Wind & Specialised Shipbuilding, Seatrium
09.55 am Open and interactive Q&A with the Panellists and Stakeholders
10.10 am Closing Remarks by Mr Benoit Nguyen, Technical Manager of Renewables and Energy Systems, DNV
10.15 am Networking
10.30 am End of Event
Keynote Speaker and Panellist
Mr Eirik Ellingsen
Director for Offshore Wind
Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP)
Eirik Ellingsen is Director for offshore wind at Norwegian Energy Partners, NORWEP. Eirik has 35 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas and maritime industry with focus on global business development and establishment of companies in international markets. Eirik has developed and managed several operating companies both in Europe, Asia and Australia. Eirik was resident in Singapore from 2009 to 2019 and is very familiar with the APAC markets and cultures and is specializing in the Offshore Wind Industry in Asia Pacific.
Mr Eduardo Karlin
General Manager – Asia Pacific
Mainstream Renewable Power Asia Holdings
Eduardo is the General Manager for the Asia Pacific region of Mainstream Renewable Power, a leading global renewable energy player headquartered in Ireland and an Aker Horizons company. He joined the Asia Pacific team in 2020 and took up the responsibility for Mainstream’s business development and expansion in the region in June 2021.
Previously, he was part of the Group’s Central Commercial team. He has worked in the renewable energy sector since 2010, with a focus on business development and project finance transactions in emerging markets. To date, he has closed more than 4,000 MW (gross), with cumulative deal values in excess of USD 1 billion in South America, Southern Africa and Asia Pacific.
Eduardo holds a BSc in International Economics from Universita’ Bocconi (Italy), an MA in International Studies from the University of Vienna (Austria).
Mr Keng Lin Lee
Founding Chief Executive Officer
Keng Lin is a seasoned CEO of POSH, with more than 15 years of experience managing a fleet of over 140 offshore support vessels. He is also on the Board of Directors of PaxOcean, a leading provider of offshore rigs and vessels. Keng Lin spearheaded the establishment of POSH Kerry Renewables, Asia’s first dedicated offshore wind support player, with experience penetrating Taiwan’s offshore wind market, a well-known cabotage minefield. He is also the chairman, of the Offshore and Renewable Energy Committee in the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA).
Mr Ivan Lim
Vice President, Business Development,
Floating Wind & Specialised Shipbuilding
As Vice President for Business Development, Floating Wind & Specialised Shipbuilding at Seatrium, Ivan’s responsibilities include solutions and business development for clean energy projects as well as marketing, contracts and commercial matters. Prior to his current role, Ivan was involved in ship repair, retrofit and conversion, new construction and a wide range of oil and gas projects in the capacity of Project Manager, Yard Manager and General Manager (Operations). His interests include floating and nearshore infrastructure development, decarbonization and ship retrofitting, training and competence, and work practices for maintenance, repair and dry-dock operations.
At the industry level, Ivan is the Vice President of the Association of Singapore Marine Industries. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Panel for Singapore Maritime Academy.
Mr Benoit Nguyen
Head of Renewables APAC
Benoit is the Head of Renewables APAC in DNV – Energy Systems. His department is responsible for delivering lenders and owner’s engineering services for solar PV and wind energy projects across Asia.
Benoit graduated from the Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP) with a Master of Engineering in Energy and Fluid Mechanics and from the Loughborough University with a Master of Engineering in Renewable Energies. With over 15 years of experience in renewables energy, and in addition to his management responsibilities, Benoit has been involved on a wide range of advisory projects.
His key project experiences include Project Sponsor role for numerous wind and solar technical due diligence in Asia, securitisation of solar rooftop portfolios, subject matter expert in hearings, workshops or trainings, EPC specification developments or TSA contract negotiations on behalf of the Customer.
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On 7th November, EuroCham Singapore organised a panel discussion on “Singapore as a Future Potential Supply Chain Hub for Offshore Wind” at Innovation Norway Singapore. Thank you to Mr Per Christer Lund for being our host.
We would especially like to thank H.E. Eivind S Homme, Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore, for gracing the event with his inspiring address. Thank you to our esteemed speakers, Mr Eirik Ellingsen (Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP)), Mr Keng Lin Lee 李庆仁 (Cyan Renewables), Mr Ivan Lim (Seatrium) and Mr Eduardo H. Karlin (Mainstream Renewable Power) for their time and knowledge sharing.
Our moderator, Mr Benoit Nguyen (DNV), skillfully led a very vibrant discussion on Singapore’s potential to become Asia’s hub for offshore wind and the current obstacles the wind power industry is facing.
For a decade running, Singapore has been acclaimed as a global maritime hub, a testament to its maritime capabilities. While limitations in terms of manufacturing space may pose certain constraints, the nation could offset this by seizing a commanding role in software development, know-how exchange, and providing financial backing for the transition towards sustainable, green energy. The outlook, therefore, remains optimistic for Singapore’s journey toward establishing itself as a prominent offshore wind hub. Needless to say, a very lively discussion arose during the Q&A.
We would like to thank all who joined us and made this event a successful one!