Marine and engineering consulting firm LOC has appointed a new energy projects development director.
LOC said on Wednesday that Ian Cummins, ex-head of engineering at BP, was named as the company’s new energy projects development director.
Cummins will focus on the oil and gas and renewables markets and help to identify and develop new and innovative engineering opportunities to progress the business.
R.V. Ahilan, joint CEO at LOC group and group director of LOC Renewables, said: “Ian’s track record and the depth and breadth of his expertise in developing large-scale offshore energy projects speaks for itself, and we’re delighted to welcome him to LOC.
“With the scale of offshore turbines and wind farms continuing to grow exponentially, transferring the skills and experience gained in the oil and gas industries will be invaluable to maintaining this rapid pace of development and meeting the challenges this growth presents. Ian’s longstanding experience will be a great asset to our clients undertaking significant projects in both sectors.”
According to LOC, through driving industry-wide collaboration and standardization initiatives in oil and gas Cummins has contributed to the sharp reduction in costs.
“As the scale of offshore wind projects increases, learnings from the cost reductions in the oil and gas sector can make a significant impact on offshore renewables projects,” the company added.
Regarding his appointment, Cummins said: “I am excited to join LOC, working with highly talented, specialist engineers. I look forward to utilizing my wide-ranging management and technical experience in oil and gas to progress innovation in this sector and further expand LOC’s offering into the renewables market.”