Vattenfall Supply Chain

Vattenfall Supply Chain

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About Vattenfall

Vattenfall is a leading European energy company and is Europe’s sixth largest generator of electricity and the continent’s largest producer of heat. Vattenfall currently operates 545MW of onshore wind capacity and 836MW of offshore wind across northern Europe, including the UK’s Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, until recently the world’s largest operating offshore wind farm.

About the Kentish Flats Extension Project

Vattenfall was granted a Development Consent Order by the National Planning Inspectorate in February 2013 giving Vattenfall the necessary permission to extend the existing Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm.  At its maximum installed capacity, Kentish Flats Extension (“KFE”) will be capable of generating another 49.5 MW of additional electricity (the total annual electricity needs of up to 42,194 UK households*).  Vattenfall plan to install 15 3.3MW turbines. Although we have consent to install up to 17 turbines, this number was reduced as higher rated turbines will be used.  The Extension will be located 7.8km from the shore and cover approximately 7.77 sq km.

*Based on Department of Energy & Climate Change data for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,266 kilowatt hours.

Vattenfall’s Commitment

Vattenfall is a significant investor in the UK. We are committed to ensuring that our approach to project procurement and investment supports local businesses to enter and prosper in the renewable energy and green job sectors.  Vattenfall will require all contractors involved with the project to work to maximise use of local contractors and to develop a local supply chain.


Peter Wesslau V2

Peter Wesslau
UK Country Manager, Vattenfall

As UK Country Manager for Vattenfall, Peter represents Vattenfall’s activities in the UK, including 590MW of on- and off-shore wind generation, a 7.2GW development portfolio of offshore wind in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables and early stage developments in ocean energy and subsea interconnection.

Peter has more than 15 years of management experience at Vattenfall, recently as Head of Strategic & Finance for Business Unit Wind and subsequently Business Division Renewables, spearheading Vattenfall’s Europe-wide wind strategy.

Peter graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Honor Green
Project Procurement Manager, Vattenfall

Honor Green, who lives in West Sussex, has work in Procurement for about 15 years and studied procurement with The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, qualifying in 2008. She has worked in a variety of industries including Aerospace, IT, Heavy Engineering and Energy. Honor joined Vattenfall in 2011 and since then she has worked on several Offshore Wind projects both for the UK and across Europe. Her main focus has been the Electrical packages.

During 2013, while working as the Procurement Lead for Kentish Flats Extension, Honor was responsible for supplier engagement, qualification, shortlisting and selection. She is now moving onto a project in Germany where she will again be responsible for the Electrical packages of work.

Mark Dance

Mark Dance
Kent County Council

Mark was elected to KCC in 1997 having previously been a Swale Borough Councillor. He was initially trained as a Hydrographic Surveyor and had a very successful career in sales and marketing specifically on motivational training. He remains a businessman within the building industry.

Mark joined the KCC Cabinet in 2007 with an Education brief (Operations Resources and Skills) during which time he oversaw the billion pound capital programme Building Schools for the Future.

Mark has since chaired the Sport Olympic and Paralympics Group and the Regeneration and Economic Development Scrutiny Committee before taking his current Cabinet Member role (Economic Development) in 2012.

Mark also chairs the Kent & Medway Offshore Renewables Working Group comprising of representatives from local authorities and including regular attendance of representatives from within the Industry. He believes that business should drive elements of the school curriculum to get the best match for all and he is vehemently of the view that Kent remains open for business.

Mark represents Whitstable and his hobbies include Clay Shooting, Sailing, Golf and Cribbage.

Matthew Green

Matthew Green

Matthew Green, who lives in Canterbury, originally trained as a Naval Architect and now has over 15 years experience in construction management gained in the offshore oil & gas industry prior to joining Vattenfall in 2009. Since joining Vattenfall, Matthew has been responsible for several of Vattenfall’s offshore wind projects, from development through to construction, across the UK.

As Vattenfall’s appointed lead for the Kentish Flats Extension, Matthew is tasked with delivery of the project and heads the team who are responsible for all aspects of the projects planning, engineering, construction and commissioning. At which point it be handed over to Vattenfall’s operations and maintenance team.

TIER 1 CONTRACTORS – Foundation and Installation

Anne Berchmans
Procurement Manager Foundations at Geosea NV

Anne has over 15 years procurement experience including over 3 years in offshore wind farms and associated supply chain.

Most recently, Anne was active on different European projects for different type of wind turbine foundations but also foundations for OHVS topsides, metmasts. Her involvement ranged from tender phase, over contracting to foundation Fabricators and follow-up of the execution of the projects. Key projects included: Northwind (Belgium), Baltic II (Germany); both projects were realized or are being realized by Geosea as EPCI Projects.

Geosea’s focus lays on HSE, QA/QC and reduction of total cost for all stake holders.
As a full EPCI Contractor, Geosea reduces costs by optimizing the interfaces of foundation Fabrication with Engineering at the start of the project including the logistic and installation aspects of the foundations at the offshore wind farms.

Jan Klaassen
Business Unit Manager Offshore Renewables

Jan Klaassen – Business Unit Manager Offshore Renewables has worked for more than 10 years in the wind energy business.

He started in project management of Dutch on and offshore wind projects, followed by the  project management of construction of wind farms.

Jan joined the DEME Group in 2009 as Tender Manager for offshore wind projects all over Europe.
In Autumn 2013 Jan became Business Unit Manager for Offshore Renewables at GeoSea.  Geosea is part of the DEME Group.  Jan is responsible for offshore wind in UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Asia.

Jan has worked for 2 years as tender manager on the Kentish Flats Extension project and is now acting as project manager.  He will be responsible for the smooth transfer from tender phase into the project execution phase when he will hand over to the project manager responsible for the execution of the project.  Throughout the project Jan will remain as member of the GeoSea Management Steering Committee.


Elias Dencker

Elias Dencker

Elias Dencker, Director of Renewable Strategy Limited, has over 20 years project engineering and technological risk management experience in the UK including over 5 years in UK wind and associated supply chain.

Most recently, Elias was a project manager for DONG Energy. His involvement ranged from bidding for sea bed licenses to developing and managing offshore projects. Key projects included: London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm to date (630 MW) and First Flight Wind, Northern Ireland’s first offshore wind project!

Elias also has experience in broader risk management, project management and supply chain management in the UK construction and energy sectors advising project operators and investors alike.

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
High Growth Coach and FUSION Business Manager

Strategic development and Business optimisation within world leading FMCG manufacturing and cutting edge engineering companies are the business competitive expertise Georgi brings to the company through the High Growth Kent and Fusion programmes.

His wealth of experience in project management and business growth development have brought £multimillion savings and revenue increases throughout his interventions within private and public organisations.

Most recently he has headed turn-around programmes in Vestas Blades UK and Crosswater-Holdings. Georgi gained his MBA from Brighton Business School and went on to specialise as a PRINCE2 Practitioner and EFQM/BQF Business Excellence Assessor.

Mark KnowltonMark Knowlton

During his career Mark has held a number of senior positions in the manufacturing sector. As director of a Kent based manufacturing operation he lead a team of 180 people, grew the turnover to £19m and reduced operational costs significantly through the implementation of Lean business principles.  Mark completed the University of Michigan’s Lean Manufacturing programme in 2001 and attained an MBA in 2005. He has also managed pan-European production transfer projects for one of the ‘Fortune 500′ American Corporations. Based in Kent, Mark is now part of the national *Grow:OffshoreWind advisory team.

*Grow:OffshoreWind: Industry leaders in offshore wind have helped shape a new service that aligns manufacturers with qualified commercial opportunities in the sector, enabling them to take advantage of this rapidly developing market.

Erica RussellErica Russell
Head of Sustainability and Insight

Erica has had a long career in marketing with brand management, marketing manager and director roles in a number of PLCs, as well as a leading UK co-operative and has had experience running a small company. She joined BSK-CiC in 2006 and now heads up the BSK Low Carbon: Sustainability team, working with project teams to develop insights from SME interactions and leads on the company’s foresight work. Erica additionally manages BSK-CiC marketing and European project support. She regularly presents to audiences on Marketing Green Credentials and BSK-CiC is proud to have been a finalist in the national Green Marketing Awards, recognised for its expertise in initiating low carbon changes in small and medium sized companies.

Erica is currently a Board Member on the Environment and Efficiency Theme Board, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management (IEMA). She completed her MSc in Sustainable Development in 2010.

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