March 21, 2023

Ocean Winds joins Global Wind Organisation

New member Ocean Winds will bring its international expertise to GWO, as they work together to strive for an injury free work environment in the offshore wind industry. Ocean Winds’ 15 offshore wind projects in 7 countries and across three continents are expected to push up demand for standardised training.

Global Wind Organisation (GWO), the not-for-profit body representing wind power owners and manufacturers, is pleased to announce Ocean Winds as its newest Leading Member today.

Ocean Winds was created as a specialist offshore wind business in 2019 by ENGIE and EDP Renewables (EDPR), with the two companies combining their offshore wind assets and project pipeline, which now represents a portfolio of 16.6 GW gross capacity across the globe.

With Ocean Winds now a leading member of GWO, Elena Caja Martin, the company’s HSSEQ Director will join GWO's General Assembly to provide input and expertise for the continuous development of GWO's strategy and work programmes. This is based on the 10 year-experience in offshore wind energy, it inherits from its co-owners.

“On behalf of Ocean Winds, I am delighted to join GWO,” explained Elena Caja. “The safety of our workforce is essential, and membership gives us a platform to provide input and influence on safety and technical training standards as they are developed and deployed across the industry.”

Jakob Lau Holst CEO of Global Wind Organisation added:

“I am proud to welcome Ocean Winds to the GWO membership, which now includes 23 of the world’s largest manufacturers and owners of wind turbines. The more voices we have at the table, the better can we represent the views of employers who are legal duty holders for safety. We look forward to collaborating with them, to help as we strive for an injury free working environment in wind."

About Ocean Winds

Ocean Winds (OW) is an international company dedicated to offshore wind energy and created as a 50-50 joint venture, owned by EDP Renewables and ENGIE. Based on our belief that offshore wind energy is an essential part of the global energy transition, we develop, finance, build and operate offshore wind farm projects all around the world.

When EDP and ENGIE combined their offshore wind assets and project pipeline to create OW in 2019, the company had a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development; OW has been adding rapidly to that portfolio and is now on a trajectory to reach the 2025 target of 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation, or construction, and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development. In 2022, OW’s offshore wind gross capacity already operating, contracted or with grid connection rights granted reached 16.6 GW.

OW, headquartered in Madrid, is currently present in 8 countries, and primarily targets markets in Europe, the United States, selected parts of Asia and Brazil.

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About GWO

GWO is a non-profit group of wind turbine owners and wind turbine manufacturers, committed to the creation and adoption of standardized safety training and emergency procedures.

Independent training providers deliver GWO-certified training to technicians and students worldwide. For more information on GWO standards, visit this page.

Training records are created when a GWO standard course is passed and completed by a person. These records are uploaded to the GWO WINDA database

GWO member companies

Acciona Energia, Avangrid, CGN Wind Power, CORIO Generation, CRRC, Dominion Energy, ENERCON, Envision, Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, Goldwind, Iberdrola, The Nordex Group, Ocean Winds, Ørsted, RWE Renewables, Shanghai Electric, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, SSE, Vattenfall and Vestas.

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