PennWell launches Offshore Wind Executive Summit August 9-10 In Houston

PennWell Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the Offshore Wind Executive Summit, the first conference dedicated to bringing the existing U.S. offshore oil and gas industry together with the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry.

The Offshore Wind Executive Summit will take place in Houston, Texas, on August 9-10 at the Norris Center in CityCentre.

Michael A. Celata, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will give the Welcome and Opening Address on August 9.

Randall Luthi, President, National Ocean Industries Association, will give the Opening Address on August 10.

“The emerging U.S. offshore wind industry has already presented real world opportunities for the well-established U.S. offshore oil and gas industry,” said Luthi.

“I am proud that NOIA member companies helped build and install America’s first offshore wind farm, proving that the two industries can support, rather than compete with each other. We look forward to new opportunities and continued collaboration as more offshore wind projects move through development, increasing the diversity of America’s offshore energy portfolio, a common-sense energy approach that NOIA has long supported,” he concluded.

A press briefing will immediately follow Mr. Luthi’s remarks on August 10.

A keynote fireside chat on August 9 will feature Roy Francis, Gulf Island Fabrication; Jennifer Daniels, Tetra Tech; Markus Rieck, Offshore Wind GE Renewable Energy; and Joseph Orgeron, Montco — all participants in building the Block Island Wind Farm. The fireside chat will be moderated by Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World.

Last December, Deepwater Wind began operation of the 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island waters, making it the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. Electricity generated by the Block Island project is serving National Grid’s New England service territory.

The eight conference education sessions will focus on the business opportunities for offshore oil and gas companies interested in working in the offshore wind industry: Logistics, Infrastructure and Project Development; Foundations and Cables; Risk Management; Engineering Design; Lessons Learned from Europe; and Operations and Maintenance.

In addition to the educational sessions, conference attendees will be able to network during the multiple coffee and water breaks, breakfasts, lunches and a networking party.

“Offshore wind presents a unique opportunity for additional U.S. ocean energy development,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “Scaling up will create well-paying American jobs, new business opportunities for offshore oil and gas companies, and drive private investment to strengthen our nation’s infrastructure.”

Press Briefing

Who: Randall Luthi, President, National Ocean Industries Association

What: Randall Luthi will answer questions about the U.S. offshore wind industry.

When: Thursday, August 10, 8:30 a.m. CT

Where: Norris Center in CityCentre, Houston


Jennifer Runyon

PennWell Corporation

+1 603-891-9363

About PennWell

Founded in 1910 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and conference and exhibition company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries:  Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater, lasers and optoelectronics, fiber-optics and cable, aerospace and avionics, LEDs and lighting, fire and emergency services, and dental.  PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 40 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services.  In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa and several other U.S. locations, the Company has two major offices in London, England.

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