Byrne to Spearhead Equinor's US Offshore Wind Operations

Samuel Byrne - Credit: Equinor
Samuel Byrne - Credit: Equinor

Norwegian energy industry giant Equinor has appointed of Samuel Byrne as Vice President of Operations at Equinor Renewables Americas to lead Equinor's offshore wind operations in the U.S.

Bryne most recently served as Vice President responsible for Operations & Maintenance at maker Vestas Wind Systems in Asia-Pacific for both onshore and offshore wind farms, as well as solar and battery storage sites. 

His responsibilities covered 13 countries and approximately 15GW of wind farms either in operations or being commissioned, and he previously worked in the company’s corporate strategy and M&A divisions.

Byrne’s responsibilities will include leading and overseeing Equinor’s US offshore wind operations and maintenance activities. He will be accountable for the safety and security of people as well as Equinor’s US offshore wind assets.

“We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Byrne to Equinor,” said Molly Morris, President of Equinor Renewables Americas. “His extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, coupled with his proven track record in managing large-scale projects, will be invaluable as we continue to build and expand Equinor’s renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. I look forward to drawing on Sam’s long track record of developing safe and efficient renewable energy projects as we move closer to construction of Empire Wind and Beacon Wind.”

“Equinor is at the forefront of the energy transition and I look forward to joining the company’s talented team that is developing market-leading offshore wind, energy storage and other projects in the U.S,” said Byrne.

Byrne also worked previously for McKinsey & Co., where he primarily focused on the energy sector in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations with a concentration in Energy, Resources, and Environment from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


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