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North Star bolsters leadership team with first renewables director



North Star Renewables has created a new permanent senior role for offshore wind consultant Andrew Duncan to lead its expansion in green offshore energy industries.

He has taken up the role of renewables director having worked with North Star in an advisory capacity since 2019.

Duncan was instrumental in helping the business to secure its first offshore wind contract, the recently announced £270m award with Dogger Bank Wind Farm to deliver three service offshore vessels (SOVs) for three 10-year charters.

He is based at the company’s new Port of Tyne facility.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Duncan has a long track record of successful business development and bringing offshore wind vessels to market, including the world’s first wind turbine installation vessel, The Resolution. He also worked at RenewableUK for more than a year, supporting its supply chain members.

Duncan said: “It is a great honour to join North Star as a full-time member of the team and to see the sister Dogger Bank SOV builds all the way through.

“The success of this work has positioned the business centre stage in the offshore wind arena and it’s my intention to leverage this and grow our SOV fleet to support clients’ objectives in the UK and beyond, as well as seeking out new opportunities across the other offshore renewable industries.”

Reporting directly to chief executive Matthew Gordon, he will work closely with the firm’s renewables division across its three locations in Aberdeen, Newcastle and Lowestoft.

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The Aberdeen-based business has an existing 1,400 strong workforce and 130 new full-time roles are being created for the lifetime of the Dogger Bank contract.

Gordon added: “When Andrew joined us as a consultant in 2019 to deliver our new SOV fleet concept consultation paper and roadmap to help secure the contract, it very quickly became apparent that he shares our passion and vision to support the offshore workforce with sustainable, safe and reliable vessels.

“His vast experience and strong network will ensure all our SOV designs offer superior logistics and are well equipped with the latest technologies to enhance safety and energy efficiencies.”

North Star Renewables is part of North Star Group, which also comprises North Star Shipping and Boston Putford.

As well as providing continuous infrastructure support services across more than 50 UK Continental Shelf installations, the group also provides vessel maintenance and service capabilities.

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