Copenhagen Offshore Partners Calibrates Management Roles in Asia

Danish offshore wind development and construction company Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP), has announced Rune Damgaard and Jesper Krarup Holst will serve as Co-CEOs of the group’s operations in the Philippines, including development of three offshore wind sites totalling 2 GW of capacity which are owned by a Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) managed fund.

Damgaard transitions into the role after serving as Deputy CEO and Procurement Director at COP for the group’s 500 MW Feng Miao 1 project in Taiwan. Holst, a Partner at COP, brings unrivalled global offshore wind experience including leadership of projects through the development phase and into construction in countries including Taiwan and South Korea.

Holst will continue his regional leadership position at COP covering Asian markets including Taiwan, South Korea and now also the Philippines.

To support the development of the group’s Philippines portfolio, COP is opening a new office in Manila with CIP, the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments. COP is the exclusive offshore wind development partner to CIP.

The 2 GW portfolio COP is leading development for in the Philippines is expected to create around 4,500 jobs during the development and operations period, as well as generate enough electricity to power approximately one million households, which would offset 2.9 million tonnes in CO2 emissions per year for the duration of their 25-year contracts.

COP has also appointed Claire Lohan as the new CEO of COP Taiwan. In her new role Lohan will take over from Dennis Sanou and oversee operations and development of COP’s growing 6.3 GW project development portfolio in Taiwan, including leading bid development for the second phase of Taiwan Round 3 auctions.

Lohan steps into the role after serving as CEO of the Taiwan Round 3 team at COP since 2022 during which time she led the team to secure an award for the Fengmiao 1 project. Dennis Sanou will continue to serve as CEO of the Changfang Xidao project and Joris Hol will assume the role of Fengmiao 1 CEO as well as carry on in his role as CEO of the Zhong Neng offshore wind project.

COP is developing offshore wind projects in Taiwan on behalf of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and project partners. The portfolio includes the 600 MW Changfang Xidao project and the 300 MW Zhong Neng project, in partnership with our partner China Steel Corporation and which are currently under construction, the 500 MW Fengmiao 1 project which is being developed towards financial close, and more than 6 GW of other sites in development.