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Impressions from Wind 2019 in Stockholm | A celebration of 10 years

Written by Sigrid Carstairs
25/11/19 - 16:53

I came back from the annual Wind trade show in Stockholm absolutely buzzing - what an atmosphere, so much positive energy and drive in one place, it was really quite inspirational. Almost a month later, I have finally found myself some time to put my thoughts in writing, and although its a bit later than I would have liked, I guess the old saying of 'better late than never' is applicable here.

 

This year (2019), marked the 10 year anniversary for the Swedish wind conference, and with a record-breaking number of visitors (more than 1000), and almost 60 exhibitors, I think we can all agree it was a successful event overall.

 

I always say that for me, the annual Wind trade show is like coming home. Not just because it's in Sweden, but because this is pretty much where it started for Cathcart Energys Scandinavian division almost 3 years ago, and I will always be thankful for the absolutely brilliant market I am working in. And a key element in this is, of course, all of the people in the business, clients and candidates alike. So thank you all for being so brilliant - what you are doing is hopefully going to change the life for generations to come.

 

Now I've gotten that out of my system; what were the main themes really about at the 2019 wind trade show?

 

One of the main topics on the agenda was the outlook for the offshore wind sector. To provide some context, for those who are not familiar, it was announced a few days before the trade show, that the large offshore wind farm development Taggen, is going to be scrapped by Vattenfall due to a military veto. The dialogue there then concerned how offshore wind and the military can manage to co-exist and thrive, which is arguably a concern for the future of the offshore wind sector in Sweden. Moreover, issues regarding the connection to the grid for offshore wind farms were addressed as well, with the main questions being; who is going to bear the costs for connecting the offshore wind farms to the national grid? This has been a topic of discussion for some time, and it seems that no clear solution is to be found anytime soon, which is a shame. Sweden has a lot of potential for offshore wind to become a sector of its own, but it seems that the debate is still going strong on how this is to be achieved.

 

I myself had quite some time to meet with many of my candidates, both those whom I have managed to find roles for this year and ones I am working with for other ones. As I have recruited quite a few project developers this past year (you know, the ones who write environmental impact assessments and attend meetings with the municipalities and other stakeholders), I managed to gain quite some insight into what the main discussions where during the permit seminars, even though I did not have the opportunity to attend. One of the main topics this year was the discussion regarding the municipal veto, which is in many ways a sensitive topic. The municipal veto was introduced back in 2009, with the purpose of making the permit process easier, however, the reality is that this veto in many cases lead to uncertainty and arbitrary decision making, who then cannot be appealed. Since the veto was implemented, a number of wind farm projects with solid potential and good wind conditions have been vetoed. Therefore, a large part of the focus within this seminar addressed this veto, and ways forward to make the process for onshore wind farm development smoother.

 

So, with this in mind, there are arguably still questions that need to be addressed in order for Sweden to achieve the renewable energy target before 2040. However, what is obvious is that this is an industry here to stay, and it's only growing. Just today I read a comparison which I would normally not be too thrilled about, where Sweden was being compared to Texas. However, in this case, I am all for it, as it was referring to the current 'boom' of new projects being developed in Sweden, and if all goes well, Sweden is predicted to exceed its targets prior to 2040.

 

This means that there are plenty of opportunities in the sector at the moment, both for onshore and offshore wind. Some of the roles I am currently recruiting for are listed below:

 

* 1 Project Developer for Offshore Wind with experience of Marine biology - Stockholm

* 1 Project Developer for Onshore / Offshore Wind - Helsinki, Finland

* 4 Project Developers for Onshore Wind Farm Development (Environmental Impact Assessment) - Stockholm, Göteborg, Motala & Falkenberg

* 1 HV Project Engineer - Stockholm or Skellefteå

* 1 Head of Projects for Onshore Wind Farm Development - Falkenberg

* 2 Wind Farm Construction Project Managers - Malmö

* 1 Team Lead for Project Engineering (Wind Farm Construction Project Management) - Malmö

* 2 Commercial Project Managers - Malmö

* 1 Wind & Site Analyst - Stockholm (other locations can be discussed)

* 1 Head of Construction - Flexible location

* 2 Construction Managers - Malmö, Sundsvall, Härnösand, Örnsköldsvik or Umeå

* 1 Construction Manager - Vasa, Finland

* 1 Contracts Manager - Malmö or Gothenburg

* 1 Junior Sales Manager (Foundations and Civils) - Malmö or Norrköping

* 1 Technical Bid Engineer - Malmö

 

If you want to hear more about the above roles, please contact me on +46 (0)40 668 80 66 and send your CV to sigrid.carstairs@cathcartenergy.com. I very much look forward to speaking with you, and I cannot wait for next years trade show in Stockholm as I am sure it will be just as inspirational and lucrative as this years.

 

 

Sigrid Carstairs

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Cathcart Associated Energy Ltd.