Wouter Op den Velde
Offshore Wind Design Manager, Van Oord
Until 2001 I worked mainly as Project Engineer / Engineering Manager for our complex O&G projects concerning precise offshore rock installation, platform installation and associated dredging works for the Troll phase I (Norway), covering the Estonia shipwreck (offshore Estonia), Sakhalin Energy phase I (Moliqpak offshore Sakhalin Island Russia) and Malampaya CGS installation (Philipines)
In 2001 Wouter started as tender manager for Van Oord’s first venture into offshore wind bidding for the concession of the first Dutch offshore windfarm Egmond aan Zee. We did not win the tender but as a spin-off the company Mammoet Van Oord entered the offshore wind market with the specialised jack-up barge Jumping Jack as the pioneer T&I contractor for offshore wind.
In 2005 Van Oord received the contract for Balance of Plant delivery of the Q7 / Prinses Amalia OWF off the Dutch coast. He joined the BoP project team as engineering manager mainly occupied with subcontractor management and alignment.
Upon completion of the Amalia windfarm early 2008 he left Van Oord and joined JP Kenny in Perth, Australia, seconded to Chevron as package manager for 3 subcontracts for the Gorgon Upstream LNG project off the West coast of Western Australia with a total contract sum of A$ 250 million concerning deep water dredging, rock production and rock installation for the offshore pipeline routing for that project.
In 2015 Wouter returned to the Netherlands and rejoined Van Oord, as manager of our offshore wind design department (structural and electrical design) and from the 2nd half of 2019 as engineering manager for our Japanese offshore wind initiatives.