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Vattenfall director takes helm at offshore wind safety body

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Vattenfall's EOWDC seen from Aberdeen beach.

The G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+) has today announced Jakob Nielsen as its new chairman.

Mr Nielsen, who has been a board member at the organisation for several years, is currently the director of health and safety offshore wind at Vattenfall.

In his role at the Swedish renewables giant he is responsible for the safe operations at one of Europe’s largest producers and retailers of electricity and heat.

Mr Nielsen replaces Tove Lunde, head of safety, security and sustainability, new energy solutions at Equinor, who has been at the helm for the last two years.

His appointment comes against a backdrop of “expanding operations and a flourishing work programme”, G+ said.

Set up in partnership with the Energy Institute, the organisation works internationally to tackle health and safety issues in the offshore wind industry.

It achieves that by focusing on four main work programmes; incident data reporting, good practice guidelines, safe by design and learning from incidents.

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Jakob Nielsen

Mr Nielsen said: “G+ has a fantastic track record and has established itself as the leading authority for health and safety in the global offshore wind sector.

“I want to use my position as Chair not only to drive partner companies and industry stakeholders to better embed G+’s good practice work in their own operations, but to feed this through the industry supply chain to create better industry standards.

“This becomes even more important with the growth, expansion and internationalisation the industry is seeing.”

G+ is comprised of nine leading operators – EDF Renewables, Equinor, Ocean Winds, Ørsted, RWE, ScottishPower Renewables, Siemens Gamesa, SSE, Vattenfall – as well as many associate members.

With expanding operations in the Asia Pacific and North American regions, the organisation is developing best safety practice for the offshore wind industry, influence by the lessons learned from the sector’s early days.

Member companies submit incident data on a quarterly basis, which are then anonymised for analysis by the Energy Institute.

This year G+ is planning to promote lifting plan good practice, sharing knowledge within fabrication yards and producing videos on manual handling.

Nick Wayth, chief executive of the Energy Institute, home to the G+ secretariat, commented: “G+ continues to demonstrate its global leadership by bringing industry together to deliver demonstrable change and help reduce injury frequency, as shown in their latest Incident Data report.

“With his vast industry experience, G+ can have no greater champion than Jakob in driving safe working practices.

“A huge thanks also go to outgoing chairman Tove Lunde who has so ably led G+’s expanding work programme over the past two years.”

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