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CIGRE UK Webinar Series

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Wednesday 3rd July 2019 from 12.30 to 13.30 :

Operations and Maintenance of Offshore Transmission Assets

The presentation, made by Mike Lee and Chris Jones, will be based on the CIGRE 2018 Session paper and will provide insight into the experience gained on seven sets of offshore transmission assets since 2009. One of the key aspects that will be included is the experience with different designs of subsea cable, recognising the important influence subsea cable design has had on OFTO availability performance.

Mike Lee 


As Engineering Director of Transmission Investment, Mike Lee heads the Asset Management function with responsibility for the seven sets of offshore transmission assets which Transmission Investment have acquired since 2009 through the Transmission Capital Partners joint venture between Amber Infrastructure Limited and Transmission Investment. Mike has over 30 years experience in the area of transmission design, development and operation. Mike was previously System Development Manager with National Grid, with responsibility for all new connections and reinforcements to the electricity transmission system in England and Wales. This included the management of a portfolio of transmission investments with a value in excess of £1.5bn. Prior to this Mike was a National Control Room Manager.

Chris Jones 


Chris Jones is Technical Leader of the Power business of the engineering consultancy and professional services business, GHD and is engaged with an extensive range of developer, transmission operator and regulator clients, particularly in the areas of new technology, offshore and onshore transmission. Chris has worked as an advisor to Transmission Investment since 2009 and has worked on the design and operation of offshore substations for over 15 years.  Chris has over 40 years engineering and management experience in the transmission and distribution business with SKM, Siemens, and formerly VA TECH, Rolls-Royce T&D and Reyrolle.  He is an Honorary Member of CIGRE, former Chairman of CIGRE UK, former Regular Member for SCA3 and has been Convenor of several B3 and A3 Working Groups.

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This Webinar series is kindly sponsored by Burns & McDonnell


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CIGRE NGN Ireland invites CIGRE UK Members to EWIC Site Visit & Workshop.

When: Thursday 11th July 2019, 09:30 to 18:00

Where: ESB E&MP, One Dublin Airport Central

How: See the registration link below

The Irish NGN invites UK NGN members to join them for a trip to the East-West Interconnector (EWIC) which is a high-voltage direct current submarine and subsoil power cable which connects the Irish and British electricity markets. At 262km in length, 186km of which is beneath the Irish Sea, the East West Interconnector links the electricity transmission grids of Ireland and Great Britain, from converter stations at Portan in Ireland to Shotton in Wales.  The event to be held on the 11th July 2019 will be composed of a series of technical presentations on HVDC research and experience from the Industry experts along with a tour of the converter station.


HVDC Workshop

09:30 – 10:00    Arrival & Welcome Coffees

10:00 – 10:10.    Introduction

10:10 – 12:40     Speakers from Industry

12:40 – 12:50     Closing and Thanks

12:50 – 13:20     Lunch

EWIC Site Visit

13:20 – 14:00    Travel to EWIC (transport provided)

14:00 – 16:30    Tour & Presentation

16:30 – 18:00    Travel to City Centre (transport provided)

18:00 –               Drinks Reception & Social Event

To register for the event click HERE 


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Thursday 4th July 2019 from 5.00pm to 9.00pm

– The Challenges of Connecting Electric Vehicles to the Grid –

Location: WSP Offices, Level 2 The Mailbox, Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RT


There are a host of variables to consider when attempting to forecast the impact of the UK Government’s drive to have zero emission cars and vans by 2050.  The development of a comprehensive and coherent charging infrastructure to keep pace with the required growth of EVs is certainly one of the most significant challenges to achieving this ambitious target.

It is the view of many that our power grid, from Transmission through to Distribution will need to look to the implementation of practical ‘smart solutions’ in order to avoid costly and disruptive network reinforcement.  These solutions will necessitate that all stakeholders co-ordinate their efforts.

This CIGRE UK seminar, kindly hosted by WSP, will address some of the issues and describe the effort that are being made to quantify, model and plan for the challenge ahead.


  • National Grid:  Tim O’Reilly (Product Development Manager – EV Strategy) – National Grid’s proposition
  • TNEI Group: Gordon McFadzean (Senior Consultant) – Understanding the Impact of Electric Vehicles on Power Networks
  • WSP & ENA: Shahram Kazemi (Principal Power Systems Engineer) –  Techno-Economic Evaluation tool for the Impact of Low Carbon Technologies on the Electricity Networks
  • Burns & McDonnell: James Crouch (Senior Power Systems Engineer) – When Electric Vehicles meet Electric Homes
  • Strathclyde University: James Dixon (PhD Student/ NGN Member) – Local Network Impacts of the Electrification of Transport – A Glasgow Southside case study
  • Energy Systems Catapult: Philip New (CEO) – title to be announced
  • WPD: Peter White (Policy/Innovation Engineer) – WPD’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

All presentation materials will be made available, exclusively to those attending, post event.

Registration will commence at 5.00pm and the seminar will start at 6.00pm.  Refreshments and food will be available upon arrival.  The event will conclude at 9pm.

This must attend, informative (CPD) accredited event is not only exceptional value but it’s also an outstanding networking opportunity!

 Event fees

  • CIGRE Individual Member/Collective Member: £50 + VAT
  • Non-Member: £75 + VAT
  • CIGRE NGN/Student Member: £25 + VAT

This must attend, informative (CPD accredited) event is not only exceptional value but it’s also an outstanding networking opportunity!

To register for this event click here