OWC hosts offshore wind roundtable for Colombian Government

Last week, OWC hosted a delegation from the Colombian Government, for a technical and social impact roundtable session on offshore wind development in Colombia.  

The Colombia government is working to develop its first Offshore Wind seabed allocation competition, and to assist the process, the British Embassy in Colombia and The World Bank brought officials from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, UPME, DIMAR, Ecopetrol, and ANI, to the UK for a week-long study tour. 
Through a number of initiatives, including OWC’s roundtable, the delegates learnt about the UK’s successes in establishing its offshore wind industry over the past 23 years, as well as how it is continually evolving and improving. Grid connection and capacity, ports and infrastructure, and supply chain were all reoccurring topics during discussions, with the UK’s experts emphasising the need for Colombia to consider these issues seriously, right from the start. 

OWC’s roundtable focused on: 

  • Socio-economic impacts of offshore wind development   
  • Geotechnical conditions in Colombia’s Caribbean Coastline 
  • Wind resource campaign design  

Adriana Vargas-Colwill, Senior Consultant at OWC, presented on the requirements for a meteocean and measurement campaign, as well as the stages considered for the analysis of the infrastructure required for offshore wind projects.  

She said of the session: “OWC was delighted to host the Colombia Delegation at our offices in London. This visit was hugely important for sharing knowledge and lessons learned from the UK’s entry into offshore wind and challenges along the way, so that the Colombian government is prepared and well-equipped to launch their seabed auction successfully. We are very proud to be working with the British Embassy in Colombia and The World Bank to participate in this valuable initiative.” 
OWC would like to thank Adriana Delgado, Mark Leybourne and Carolina de Mas, at DIT and World Bank, as well as Victoria Sinclair, Virginia Ruiz and Rhys Wyn Jones for their insights and support.