McNeilan & Associates Makes Deal with LEEDCo After Reconnecting at Network Annual Meeting, By Beth Shields
McNeilan & Associates is a woman-owned, small-business that provides engineering and outreach for the siting, design, construction, and performance of: 1) coastal and near-shore infrastructure and industry 2) offshore renewable energy and 3) flood inundation & flood defense improvements.
McNeilan & Associates is a U.S. company that has real world experience in offshore wind. McNeilan has worked on European offshore wind projects, performing in situ studies to let developers know what the condition of the ocean floor is where turbines may be planted.
“We are marine geotechnical engineers, which means we’re highly specialized.” McNeilan & Associates tests soil samples, performs in situ testing, CPT’s, and fiber coring, which is used to design the foundation for the structures. Developers may not understand how important this testing is and relegate it to later in a project, which can literally kill an offshore wind project once they find out what lies beneath. Read more.
Deals Get Made at the IPF
One of the Network goals is to put you in the room with the right person at the right time, so you can procure a deal and advance your business to the next level.
Multiple deals were made as a result of last year’s International Partnering Forum (IPF). We recently sat down with Apex Companies, LLC to ask about how they put together a winning team and secured a substantial contract.
Attending our events yields results; here’s what Apex Companies, LLC said:
“The State of Virginia released an RFP for an offshore wind port study and what improvements were needed to get the ports ready for this emerging new industry. Recognizing that Apex Companies had that capability but that that probably wasn’t enough to ensure winning the contract, we were looking at the 2014 IPF for European partners to bolster our team. Read more.
How Network Events Can Land You a Deal
By Beth Shields
Michael Moss of Moss Marine USA, Inc. and Pete LeHardy of Phoenix International are unlikely — but profitable — partners.
Michael, the owner-operator of Moss, refers to himself as “the only guy in the Network with grease on his hands.” Pete, the business development manager for Phoenix, sees himself as having a “1,000 mile vantage point” over the projects that Phoenix works on. “I am kind of the B-D guy, where Mike is the A-Z guy,” Pete told us.
As Michael tells us, “Pete’s a really laid-back guy. I met him multiple times [at Network events]. I had no idea who [Phoenix was], because they’re outside of my normal business circles. Phoenix would be the people who go out and find the space shuttle if it lands in the ocean. Phoenix is a global service provider that we are fortunate to have in Maryland as part of the Network. I never heard of them, because I don’t have a space shuttle, but I met them [through the Network]. “ Read more.
Spotlight on the Network
FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Offshore Wind
Convening State and Industry Leaders; Supporting Strategies for the Long-Term Development of a Clean and Abundant Energy Resource Along All U.S. Coasts, September 28, 2015
Two years ago, President Obama released his vision to cut carbon pollution and transition our country to a clean-energy economy. One of the key pillars of the plan was the commitment to double our renewable energy use by 2020. We are on track to achieving that goal. However, there is a need to do more. That is why this summer, in a joint statement with Brazil, the United States committed to increasing non-hydro renewable energy generation to 20% by 2030
To achieve this goal, the White House is committed to promoting the development of all forms of renewable energy, including offshore wind. Today, the White House is hosting the Summit on Offshore Wind, a gathering of leading federal, state and industry stakeholders committed to the long-term and sustainable development of offshore wind in the United States. By 2030, offshore wind is projected to supply 22,000 megawatts of clean and abundant energy to cities and communities in America enough to power 4.5 million homes. Read more.
Siemens has launched a new alternating-current (AC) grid access solution. This new AC solution is so small that it need not be installed at sea, but rather can be attached to a turbine. In addition, it weighs 30% less than the traditional AC platform and takes up 30% less space, replacing the conventional AC transformer platforms.
The new solution consists of an offshore transformer module (OTM) attached directly to a wind turbine and acts as a distributed transmission asset. Nominally rated in incremental 250-megawatt blocks, it can be linked together to provide the required transmission capacity even for very large wind farms. Read more.
Seatower DNV Certified Foundations
In Feb 2015, Seatower installed a foundation in the British Channel at the Fécamp offshore site. From signing the contract with DONG, EDF EN and wpd offshore and till installation happened, it only took 9 months. Seapower’s exclusive use of local ships and tugboats made a tremendous difference in the cost and timetable of the project, which could have a huge impact on the U.S. offshore wind industry, as it injects money into the local economy and cuts down on installation time using no special purpose vessels, purely tug boats.
International Workshop on Life-Cycle Costing of Offshore Wind Turbines and Farms|October 1, 2015 at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Read more.
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Business Network for Offshore Wind Supply Chain Portal
|Engineering. Construction. Manufacturing. Offshore wind is the work of many. The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a nonprofit organization connecting industry to opportunity. Over 70 businesses strong – working together to learn, connect, and participate in the new global market.
Please fill out our supply chain questionnaire by clicking the Next button below. With only 10 short questions, it includes more than 110 categories that help us identify which services and products you can provide for the development, construction, operations and maintenance of offshore wind projects. We also share this information with developers and OEM prime contractors looking for partners. Additionally, the Network disseminates targeted information and RFPs to our members. Explore details about membership here.
BizMDOSW Maryland Offshore Wind Supply Chain Portal
- Registration on this portal does not imply an endorsement of your company by the Business Network for Maryland Offshore Wind.
- By registering your company on this portal, company contact information may be shared with local, regional and global offshore wind developers and vendors.
- By registering your company on this portal, your company may be contacted by the Business Network for Maryland Offshore Wind.
- Registration on this portal does not guarantee your company participation and/or selection in any offshore wind bid solicitations.
- As additional supply chain needs and contracting opportunities emerge, your company registration may need to be updated.
Please fill out the form below:
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- Consultants – Technology & Security
- Consultants – Transportation
- Design – Foundation
- Design – Transition
- Diving Services
- Engineering – Civil
- Engineering – Electrical
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- Engineering – Turbine
- Engineering – Weld Services
- GIS Support Services
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- Port Infrastructure & Facilities
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- Remote Sensing Technology
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- Utility Layout
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- Civil Construction
- Marine Construction
- O&M Vessel Construction
- Electrical Contracting
- Utility Construction
- Barge & Foundation Towing
- Cable & Pipe Burial
- Cable – Subsea Installer
- Cable – Protection System
- Cable – Subsea Installer
- Electrical Contracting
- Electricians – High Voltage
- Electricians – Low Voltage
- Harbor Dredging
- HVAC/Mechanical Contractor
- Heavy Transporter Services
- Installation Vessel Provision for Construction
- Installation – Foundation
- Installation – OSS
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- Jack Up Barge Fabrication
- Land Crane Services
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- Machining – Large Diameter
- Machining – Small Part
- Marine Salvage
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- MET Tower
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- Painting & Blasting Services
- Rocks / Rip Rap for Anti‐scouring
- Rope Access & Rigging
- ROV Support for Subsea Cable Inst., Insp. & Burial
- Ship Repair
- Site Clearance
- Steel Work for Offshore Substation
- Switchgear Testing – Non-destructive
- Transportation Services
- Upland Cable & Substation/Grid Connection
- Vessels – Inspection
- Weld Inspection
- Wiring Harnesses – High Voltage w/in Nacelle
- Wiring Harnesses – High Voltage w/in Tower
- WTG – Foundation Preassembly
- Cable Supplier
- Electrical Component Supplier
- Equipment Distributor
- Equipment Rental
- Manufacturer – Cable
- Manufacturer – Composite Turbine Blade
- Manufacturer – Foundations
- Manufacturer – Other
- Manufacturer – Steel
- Manufacturer – Towers
- Manufacturer – Transition Pieces
- Personnel Safety Equipment Supplier
- Rigging Material Supplier
- Steel Supplier
- Supply House
BizMDOSW Maryland Offshore Wind Supply Chain Portal
Thank you for registering on BizMDOSW Supply Chain Portal. As bid solicitations become available, they will be sent electronically to the contact person registered.
To learn more about the offshore wind industry and to become more involved in the industry through networking and building industry contacts, join the Network today.