AREG Webinar – Exploring Equinor’s renewables strategy

November 24, 2020
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Date(s) - November 24, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The full recording is available below and also on this link.

As a leading international offshore operator with a growing influence in renewables sector, Equinor is helping to shape the future of energy.

The company’s UK portfolio includes the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, off the Peterhead Coast and is also constructing the largest offshore wind farm in the world, Dogger Bank, with partner SSE Renewables.

Rhodri James, lead business developer, discussed the exciting prospects and opportunities within floating offshore wind. Matei Negrescu, head of Equinor’s area development in the North Sea region and Sanjanaa Achar, acting head of business development North Sea, gave an overview of Equinor’s North Sea renewable strategy, and how Equinor plans to shape a broad energy hub.


Rhodri James – Lead Business Developer, Equinor

Rhodri is a lead business developer at Equinor, concentrating on originating and maturing offshore wind opportunities in key established and emerging markets. This includes a particular focus on growth opportunities for floating offshore wind in Europe and East Asia. Prior to joining Equinor, Rhodri spent seven years at the Carbon Trust, advising international government departments and managing a series of technology innovation programmes.

Matei Negrescu – Head of Area Development North Sea, New Energy Solutions

Matei Negrescu is the head of area development North Sea, new energy solutions at Equinor. In this role, he is responsible for Equinor’s regional strategy and early phase offshore wind projects in the North Sea and preparing for Hywind Tampen operations – the world’s first floating windfarm to power oil & gas facilities. Matei joined Equinor (then Statoil) in 2006 after graduating with a Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London. He has extensive leadership experience across energy value chains – from oil & gas to renewables, and from strategy to project development – and across geographies – from the North Sea to Brazil, Algeria and China.

Sanjanaa Achar – Acting Head of Business Development, North Sea

Sanjanaa is the acting head of business development North Sea, new energy solutions at Equinor. In this role, she is responsible for originating new offshore wind business development opportunities in the North Sea. Sanjanaa joined Equinor in 2018 after graduating with a Masters in Management from London Business School and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Manchester. In Equinor, Sanjanaa has worked in both strategy and business development functions focusing on renewables.

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AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise