OWC appoints head of hydrogen and expands Ireland office

Offshore wind consultancy OWC has appointed Nguyen Dinh to a newly created role as head of hydrogen, and Principal in Ireland and Vietnam, as the company continues to expand its service offering in the renewables industry.

Dinh, who has a track record in several areas of green hydrogen and 20 years’ experience, including several years in floating and bottom-fixed offshore wind, will be based in OWC’s recently opened office in Cork, Ireland. He will also act as principal for OWC’s projects in Vietnam.

OWC is part of the AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group).

“The energy transition and the role of green or low carbon hydrogen is something that connects all of ABL Group’s markets; from decarbonisation of oil and gas operations to the development and design of clean fuelled vessels. In the renewables market, and in OWC particularly, we are interested in how this can be deployed to contribute to increasing the reliability and resilience of offshore wind power systems. I am very pleased that an expert of Nguyen’s standing has decided to join OWC and support ABL’s wider green hydrogen and ammonia capability.”

Katherine Phillips, Managing Director of OWC

Nguyen will have a dual role in OWC. In addition to his role as head of hydrogen, he will maintain relationships with local and international developers and other stakeholders, and maximise his influence in offshore wind and energy transition across Ireland and Vietnam.  

Nguyen’s reputation in Irish offshore wind is demonstrated from being a principal investigator of industry R&D projects in hydrogen from offshore wind, offshore wind substructures, offshore power cables, and floating wind pilot at the MaREI Centre. He managed a multi-disciplinary research team and experts from 10 leading companies from 6 countries that, since 2017, successfully developed the national offshore wind energy blueprint in Ireland 2020 – 2050, including hydrogen production.

“Nguyen will be a great asset to support the early development of offshore wind in Ireland. Offshore green hydrogen developments, co-located hydrogen generation and power-to-x projects are becoming of interest to developers and power companies here. Nguyen will be part of a multi-disciplinary team able to advise clients from regulatory matters, technical advisory and engineering across renewables, power flexibility, energy storage and clean fuels.”

Claire Atkins, OWC’s Country Manager in Ireland

Further, Nguyen has been instrumental in Vietnam’s national offshore wind programme, where he has provided support since 2015. His involvement includes leading international experience review, policy recommendations, zoning and marine planning, resource assessment, evaluation of variation, dataset and infrastructures, and training.

OWC, an AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group) company, is a leading independent engineering consultancy supporting the development and realisation of offshore wind projects, with a range of services, including project development services, owner’s engineering and technical due diligence.