The former project boss of the Aberdeen Bay wind farm has been appointed take the lead on a much larger Scottish offshore development.
Adam Ezzamel will head up project direction for developer Red Rock Power’s proposed 72-turbine Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm in the North Sea.
Mr Ezzamel led the team that built Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) of the coast of Aberdeen.
It opened in summer 2018.
He then moved to become project manager for EDF Renewables’ Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) wind farm off the coast of Angus.
Red Rock Power is 100% owned by Chinese investment firm SDIC Power Holdings, who also bankrolled 25% of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm.
The Inch Cape project missed out on a recent UK Government licence during the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction in September.
The consented project will be eligible to compete again in two years.
The windfarm is expected to bring in up to £750 million and 1,900 jobs to the UK economy, with an expectation the project will add a large proportion of the sum locally.
Guy Madgwick, chief executive of Red Rock Power, said: “Inch Cape is a strong, viable proposition and we are committed to completing the wind farm.
“Adam’s appointment comes as we look to accelerate our plans and his experience will prove invaluable as we continue to progress with the project.”
It is also understood that Ian Johnson will step down from his role as Inch Cape project manger to “pursue other opportunities”.
Mr Ezzamel said: “I’ve been very impressed with the Inch Cape development, both as an outside observer and as part of the delivery team.
“In Inch Cape lies significant opportunities and I look forward to working with the team, supply chain and stakeholders as we work towards bringing the wind farm to fruition.”