OWC broadens European footprint to Greece

International renewables consultancy OWC has expanded its European footprint with a new office in Greece, to be headed up by country manager and offshore wind power specialist Vasilis Giotas.

Based in Athens, Giotas will drive the development of OWC’s service offering in the Greek market, to support the growth of the local renewable energy industry, covering offshore and onshore wind, grid connections, solar PV and energy storage.

“With Greece aiming to put 2GW of offshore wind in the water by 2030, and an overall 2050 achievable potential of 50GW, we recognise that this is a rapidly-moving market where our specialised capabilities can support the country as it accelerates towards net-zero. This new office confirms our commitment to supporting Greece in realising its national renewable energy targets, not only in offshore wind, but in solar, grid connection and energy storage.”

Katherine Phillips, managing director of OWC

Giotas is a highly experienced electrical and computer engineer with close to 20 years’ experience in the energy sector. He joins OWC from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Germany, where he occupied the role of offshore wind sales project manager. In this role, he oversaw the sale of turbine supply and service contracts on the Kaskasi and Albatros offshore wind farms in Germany. Prior to this, Giotas also acquired experience as wind power sales manager with Siemens in Greece, and in photovoltaic, smart grid and high voltage businesses.

“There is significant potential in this market, with Greece’s aim to achieve higher than 95% renewable share of their energy mix by 2050. We will work with the wider ABL Group company to offer expertise in the market across all renewable technologies and other carbon-reduction initiatives to support local infrastructure on the decarbonisation journey.”

Vasilis Giotas, Country Manager for OWC in Greece

OWC Greece adds to the consultancy’s extensive global footprint spanning 8 countries across Europe, AsiaPacific and the Americas.

Part of AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group), this new office adds to ABL Group’s existing presence in Piraeus, which supports the maritime and offshore energy industries with consulting and engineering, loss prevention and loss management services.