Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, have appointed Sy Oytan as Deputy CEO, seconded from Avangrid Renewables. 

Oytan joins Vineyard Wind from Arup, an international offshore wind consultancy. The current Deputy CEO, Alan Hannah, is stepping down but will remain with the company for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition. Hannah joined Vineyard Wind in 2019, seconded from Avangrid Renewables, to oversee management of the company while focusing specifically on the finance and business case development for Vineyard Wind projects.  

Oytan joins the team with 24 years of experience in the development and construction of international onshore and offshore wind projects in a wide range of geography including the U.S., Europe and Asia. During his career, he led development, delivery, construction and advisory on 6.5 GW of onshore and offshore wind energy projects. Moreover, he led a range of offshore wind port and supply chain development initiatives for the state of New Jersey with a $400 million strategic investment plan. 

“Oytan’s experience in the renewable industry will be a great asset to the team and I welcome his appointment,” says Lars T. Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. “He will be an integral part of a project that will create thousands of jobs in the U.S. and lower energy costs for consumers.”

Oytan’s work to date has included almost all aspects of wind farm and large-scale power generation projects. He has held a variety of leadership positions at Arup, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Siemens Gamesa and Schlumberger.

Vineyard Wind is developing the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the coastal waters of the U.S. Vineyard Wind I, which could become operational as early as 2023, will be an 800 MW offshore wind farm delivering power to Massachusetts.

Photo: Sy Oytan

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