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Our Approach

We strive to be engaged with our clients during the early phases of projects, to bring our knowledge and experience.

We believe that;

  • Early involvement leads to a lower likelihood of developing poor designs.
  • Early involvement in the design stage leads to a higher likelihood of a more effective design and improved construction operations.

OPA has significant experience working across many areas of the supply chain; as developers consenting, planning, managing and monitoring critical activities and interfaces.

As contractors and subcontractors designing, constructing, managing and operating installation vessels, burial equipment, offshore teams, deck spreads and specialized pull in equipment for numerous shore landings, WTG’s and Offshore platforms.

Our expertise is based on understanding the detailed interfaces between the various major and component activities, the detailed duration of activities which help us schedule, optimize resources and costs and subsequently reduce risk.

Meet the Team

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David Skeffington

Director

David Skeffington joined the offshore industry after 5 years service with the armed forces having served within the core of Royal Engineers. He started his offshore career in 2008 on the deck of a vessel, as a Deck Rigger/Welder before shortly progressing on to Deck Foreman and Tower Team Supervisor.

David then went on to set up Cwind’s cable pulling department in 2011 using his experience and network within the industry, whilst also supporting other areas of the business during the development of the company. During David’s time at Cwind he successfully developed their cable pulling capability and completed a number of cable installation projects.

After leaving Cwind David then returned to work for the Windfarm developers in a Client Representatives role working for Global Tech 1, Vattenfall, Eon and RWE before progressing on to Cable Installation Manager for RWE.

In 2015 David then founded HBC Offshore Solutions within the HBC Group. The main focus within HBC Offshore solutions was support to cable installation contractors providing personnel, equipment and vessels where required. HBC Offshore solutions provided services to Briggs Marine, Fugro, JDN and Transmission capital (OFTO).

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Glenn Munchen

Director

Glenn graduated from Heriot Watt University in 1997 with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (Beng Hons). From there he joined Stolt Comex Seaway spending a number of years offshore as a field engineer laying and burying umbilicals, flexibles and pipelines. During this time he was involved the design and build of a number of trenchers, ploughs and lay systems.

In 2002 he commenced his journey into the renewables industry with the cable installation works on North Hoyle. Progressing through his career he has held the position of project(s) manager and operations manager for the execution of many cable installation project and has gained an in depth knowledge of what works, and what doesn’t! Along this journey he has also gained valuable technical experience during projects with the US Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institute and Fugro Subsea in the modification of submersible vehicles.

From 2011 Glenn has operated as an versatile and independent consultant working for Xodus, RWE, Dong Energy, EDPR, Fugro, JDN, GMSL, Hellenic Cables and Shell focused on bringing together all the lessons learnt during his career to deliver full lifecycle, multi-million-pound international marine installation projects.

His experience enables him to interface many areas of the supply chain; as a developer consenting, planning, managing and monitoring critical activities and interfaces; as a contractor conceptualising and designing, constructing, managing and operating installation vessels and the support activities that help deliver successful projects.

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Colin Urquhart

Director

Entering the industry as the founding director of National Wind Fam Training Centres Colin transited across to the become the operational director for CWind when the companies merged in 2010.

During the years prior to the sale of CWind he was responsible for the execution of many offshore projects, with as many as 15 at any given time. Whilst specialising in cable installation he oversaw many other types of project including, temporary power, corrosion protection and TP installation.

On selling his shareholding in CWind he remained active in the industry. Working with some of the largest cable installation companies Colin has been critical to the success of a number of subsea cable installation projects over the last several years.

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Mike Watt

Director

Mike began his working life as an Industrial electrician, obtaining HNCs in Electrical and mechanical Engineering before starting his offshore career in 1990 with UDI as a Marine Trenching Technician, involved in the installation and burial of power cables, umbilicals and flowlines. Since then he has been involved in many subsea construction projects, working up to Offshore Manager before moving onshore into a Project Management role in 2003.

Since the move onshore he has been involved in Project Managing the builds and delivery of industry leading lay and trenching equipment, such as the T750 for Canyon Offshore and the Q1400 trenching machines for Fugro Subsea Services. Mike was also involved in recruiting the offshore teams and delivering subsequent projects.

In the role of Project manager Mike has been involved in delivering a number of high profile, high value, Oil and Gas and Renewable Projects, including inter-array cable installation and burial at Humber Gateway and Rampion Offshore Wind Farms.

Having also spent time in Australia as Regional Operations Manager for TSMarine between 2007 and 2008 he brings a wealth of management and operational experience to the business.

Get In Touch

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