Transitioning Japanese power giant Jera has named Nathalie Oosterlinck to head it global offshore wind business.
Oosterlinck, a 20-year veteran of the renewable energy sector, comes to the new role from the post of CEO at Belgian offshore wind industrial cluster Otary, which had €2.5bn ($3bn) portfolio of sea-based projects.
She was previously head of the special projects division at the Deme group, focusing on offshore renewables, hydrogen and innovation.
“As a highly regarded executive within the European renewables industry, Nathalie brings to Jera a wealth of offshore wind and renewables experience and a wide network,” said the company in a statement on LinkedIn.
In March, Jera lodged plans for a 600MW offshore wind farm in waters off northern Japan, the latest statement of intent in its offshore wind-led energy transition, which has already seen the company make significant in-roads in the Asian play, both in its domestic market, as well as off Taiwan, where it holds a majority stake in the island nation’s largest bottom-fixed project, Formosa 3.
The global offshore wind market is set to mushroom to over 250GW by the end of the decade driven by some $810bn in new projects, many being spurred by the growing shift in capital spending by international oil & gas operators, according to latest numbers from Rystad Energy.