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Industry in Discussion with Ørsted and Cierco Energy

Industry in Discussion with Ørsted and Cierco Energy

27 September 2023
Venue: Virtual | 08:30 - 09:30

This event has now concluded.

Speakers from Ørsted and Cierco Energy discussed the high level picture over the next 12 to 18 months for their companies, looking at the demands on the supply chain and other opportunities. Session facilitated by Neil Gordon, Chief Executive, Global Underwater Hub. 

This virtual event was open to GUH members only.


Benj Sykes leads Ørsted’s UK team responsible for business growth, setting and delivering our sustainability and environmental agendas, and managing the company’s relationships across government, authorities, and NGOs. He was previously UK country manager and set up and led the company’s asset management function. Until November 2020, Benj co-chaired the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) alongside the UK Government’s Energy Minister and led the work to agree a programme of activities and commitments between industry and government through the Offshore Wind Sector Deal to support the continued growth of the sector.  

Alex Gauntt is the Supply Chain Director of Cierco Energy, part of the Floventis Energy joint venture developing floating wind projects globally. The Floventis portfolio includes the Llŷr 1 & 2 Test and Demonstration floating wind projects situated approximately 38km off the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. Floventis was awarded the agreement for lease for the Llŷr developments by The Crown Estate in July 2021 and they will be fully operational before 2030. 

Having spent the best part of 20 years in the offshore and onshore renewable energy sectors, Alex has over a decade of experience in the offshore wind supply-chain. He joined Cierco in 2021 to explore new opportunities to unlock supply-chain innovations and value for fixed and floating wind projects.