Petrofac has appointed Phaedra Pritchard as its new head of wind operations and maintenance (O&M), aimed at growing its global offering of the offshore wind business.

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The UK-listed player said in a statement on Wednesday that Pritchard — a former employee of Semco Maritime, has been named as the new head of its wind O&M business.

“Pritchard will be responsible for building and supporting Petrofac’s O&M service capability within the offshore wind sector, both in the UK and globally,” the company said.

She brings “more than 14 years of industry experience and has a varied background in O&M, project management, and business support roles,” it noted.

John Pearson, the chief operating offer of Petrofac’s new energy services said that working alongside the company’s O&M team, Pritchard "will play a key role in leveraging” the company’s strengths and capabilities, growing its presence in the offshore wind market.

Petrofac has a significant presence in the offshore wind sector, and currently 3000 of its UK personnel “support the operations and maintenance of clients’ offshore energy assets,” the company said.

In 2020, the company was appointed to design, supply and install onshore and offshore high voltage alternating current (HVAC) substations for the Seagreen offshore wind farm project in Scotland.

The UK government has committed to installing 40 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030, four times the current capacity, providing ample opportunities for key service providers.

Petrofac is also expanding its new and renewable energy portfolio further and recently made key announcements to support its carbon capture and storage and Hydrogen business.

Leading global oilfield services players are increasingly expanding their presence in the lucrative offshore wind sector, building on their expertise in the oil and gas sector.