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Orsted in global offshore wind shake-up as Clark takes UK top job

Offshore wind giant says new set-up 'creates a more scalable organisation' for future growth

Orsted has reorganised its offshore wind business around four regions in a shake-up that sees Duncan Clark take charge in the UK and current country manager Matthew Wright leave the business.

The global offshore wind sector leader said the new regional structure – UK, Continental Europe, North America and Asia Pacific – “creates a more scalable organisation for Orsted’s international expansion which combines market proximity with global scale and efficiency”.

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The changes, effective from 1 January, mean “the cross-business unit portfolio responsibility of the UK country chair role is no longer consistent with this new focus” and Wright will depart.

Clark – who as programme director has steered the 1.2GW Hornsea 1, the world’s biggest offshore wind farm into operation and is now leading the even larger Hornsea 2 – becomes head of region, UK with “an end-to-end accountability for the offshore wind value chain” there, said Orsted.

The UK is Orsted’s biggest market, with 6.3GW of projects either operating or under construction in British waters.

The Danish group is increasingly looking beyond Europe, however, with growing portfolios in markets such as Taiwan and the US.

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Orsted said under the new structure “each region will be responsible for market and project development as well as asset management, while construction and operation activities will be delivered from Orsted’s global EPC and O&M organisation”.

The company recently put Declan Flanagan in charge of a newly-created Orsted Onshore unit to lead its growing roster of land-based wind and solar operations.

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