MHI Vestas appoints Julian Brown as UK manager
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announced on Thursday it has appointed Julian Brown as country manager for the UK as well as Vice President.
Brown, who was previously at Areva and RenewableUK, brings almost two decades of wind industry experience to MHI Vestas as it continues its growth in the UK market.
Chief Executive Philippe Kavafyan said of the appointment: “MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has built a strong presence in the UK over the past four years, having created over 500 jobs in manufacturing, construction and services. We plant to expand further and are delighted to see Julian joining our team.
“The appointment of Mr. Brown as our UK country manager is another milestone in our company’s history in the UK. He brings almost 20 years of dedicated wind experience and an extensive business and industrial network which will significantly accelerate our deployment in the UK.”
The company states on its website: “This move reflects the increasing importance of the United Kingdom’s offshore wind market and signifies a deepening commitment from MHI Vestas to strengthen its presence.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
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