Parsons Brinckerhoff Targets Humber Offshore Wind Through THMA (UK)

One of the world’s leading engineering consultancies and energy specialists is targeting the Humber region because of its increasing importance as a renewable energy hub.

Parsons Brinckerhoff, part of the Balfour Beatty group, has joined Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) as its latest member ahead of a concerted move by the industry to develop new renewable energy projects in the Humber.

Employing about 2,500 people in the UK and 14,000 worldwide, Parsons Brinckerhoff provides engineering, environmental, architectural, planning and construction management services across three main sectors: power, infrastructure and transportation.

Offshore wind, marine and tidal power systems are a major focus for the company to complement its already strong portfolio of onshore wind, solar and biofuel activity, says Emma Toulson, project manager, renewables for Parsons Brinckerhoff.

 “We are particularly attracted by the region’s growing expertise and importance in the renewable sector including projects such as the Hornsea and Dogger Bank offshore wind farms and tidal stream power projects. The Humber is a key, long-term location for us,” said Ms Toulson.

The company has 14 office or project office locations around the UK including one in Yorkshire at Ferrybridge.

It views THMA membership as an important part of its strategy for growth in UK renewables.

 “After carrying out projects in the Humber region, mainly focused on offshore wind, Parsons Brinckerhoff has been very encouraged by the help and support of Team Humber Marine Alliance, so much so that we have become full members of the organisation,” she added.

 “We hope this will allow us to get to know and assist other members of the Alliance as well as help raise our profile more generally in the region. This will support the new opportunities arising, especially in offshore wind.”

 Mark O’Reilly, THMA director said: “This is fantastic news for the region, not just the Alliance and member companies. Parsons Brinckerhoff is targeting the Humber as it, like us, can see huge business opportunities here in the renewable sector.

“With the expertise and support of Team Humber Marine Alliance members, the Humber has become a natural choice for investment in the renewable energy sector. The interest shown by a company like Parsons Brinckerhoff can only help bring even more focus and attention our way.”

The company’s marine energy projects include work for the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the Severn tidal power scheme feasibility study; for the Irish firm, OpenHydro Tidal Technology; and Australia’s Carnegie Wave Energy.

Locally, Parsons Brinckerhoff is producing a study for councils in the region on the kind of skills and training required to develop offshore wind and what skills are currently available or transferable.

The company’s non-energy work in the UK includes the Heathrow Terminal 5, Manchester Metrolink and the New Tyne Crossing.


Source: mapa, October 18, 2011