QWhy did you decide to join RPS?
I joined RPS because I was attracted to their clear strategy for developing the RPS offering in the South Korean market, and I was keen to be a part of it. I was particularly excited to be a part of the energy transition by supporting the offshore wind sector.
I was supposed to travel to the UK and Australia to meet my colleagues and learn more about RPS capabilities and experience. And then, seemingly overnight the world went into lockdown.
Luckily, building a business in response to one of the fastest growing offshore wind markets around the world meant there was plenty of work to do.
Wine Works Korea in Seoul.
Watching movies on rainy days. Walking with my dogs on sunny days.
Favourite holiday destination?
France – Food and Wine
QTell about some of your career highlights at RPS so far
My first year was quite busy all things considered. The South Korean government has some ambitious plans for developing a renewable energy supply. I spent some time talking to their representatives, to really understand their drivers, their likely challenges and how RPS might help given our experience supporting governments and regulators internationally.
We delivered several site investigations and UXO projects that first year; and we launched two floating LiDAR buoys for Equinor’s Firefly project which have since completed their 12-month deployment.
QWhat do you think the next few years have in store for you, and for RPS in South Korea?
It’s a great time to be working in South Korea, and in offshore wind. We have some very good clients who are actively exploring this opportunity.
We have a terrific partnership with a local engineering consultant, SEKWANG who we are currently working with to deliver the local and international ESIA for Equinor’s firefly project. They are an exceptional firm with deep expertise in maritime engineering and infrastructure - we are very excited to be working with them, sharing our knowledge, and growing this relationship.
During 2022 we will continue growing our team here in Seoul to continue the good work we’ve started delivering for our clients. The next several years promise to be challenging, but I’m excited about our future here.
For me personally, I hope I finally get to travel and meet my colleagues face to face – but if not, there is plenty to keep me busy here at home.