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Tidal developer Orbital Marine Power appoints EMEC's Oliver Wragg as commercial director

By John Davidson

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Oliver Wragg has joined Orbital Marine Power. Picture: www.simonpugh.com
Oliver Wragg has joined Orbital Marine Power. Picture: www.simonpugh.com

A former director at Orkney's European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has joined the world's leading developer of floating tidal stream turbines.

Oliver Wragg joined Orbital Marine Power in April as the company's commercial director.

He held the same position at EMEC for more than six years, during which time he oversaw significant growth in activities supporting and delivering a multitude of industry initiatives and flagship projects.

Mr Wragg believes Orbital's tidal solution offers the best way forward for the burgeoning sector.

“I am extremely excited about joining Orbital to help drive tidal energy towards commercialisation,” he said.

“As we move forward into a world where a transition to net zero is being legislated for and we are seeing a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels, the time has now come to unlock the prize that is affordable and reliable net-zero electricity from the power of the tides.

“I truly believe that Orbital has the right technological solution to succeed and is on the cusp of achieving a step change in tidal energy commercialisation.”

Mr Wragg has been an active board member of Ocean Energy Europe since 2010 and in 2012 was awarded the Lennard Senior Prize for outstanding individual achievement in the field of marine energy.

Commenting on the appointment, Orbital CEO Andrew Scott said: “Oliver joining the team at Orbital is a huge boost for our commercial ambitions.

“He comes with an unrivalled marine energy network that stretches around the world and I'm certain he will play a pivotal role in building a valuable pipeline of projects for us to grow into in the years to come.”

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