Pondera Consult BV, a Dutch consultant active in renewable energies globally, takes over Oldbaum Services Ltd, a Scottish company specialized in innovation of offshore modelling and wind measurements.
Following several years of fruitful collaboration, Pondera, based in Arnhem, and Oldbaum Services Ltd (Oldbaum), with office in Perth, Scotland, have decided to further intensify their collaboration. Pondera takes over all shares and active projects of Oldbaum, with the goal of helping it to grow and offer its services to more clients.
Since 2005, Oldbaum has offered custom solutions in the field of wind measurements and analyses. Their services range from straightforward yield calculations to highly complex offshore wind measurements which involve high-tech LiDAR equipment. Oldbaum’s work includes all aspects of offshore atmospheric and oceanographic monitoring and has included pioneering industry projects such as the Beatrice LiDAR project; The EU NORSEWIND project and pioneering new technologies in offshore wind in both Floating LiDAR and Scanning LiDAR.
The companies worked together, for example, on the Wind Resource Assessment for the 700 MW Hollandse Kust (Noord) wind site, in addition to Whiffle and Deltares.
For both companies, there are significant synergies expected from the integration:
“Oldbaum is originally active in the Scottish offshore market and in far-east Asia. It is currently market leader worldwide in the operations of Dual Scanning LiDAR technology. Oldbaum has shown it has a strong drive for innovation and R&D, where Pondera can leverage the knowledge developed and deploy that across all regions in which it is active. We are happy to give Andy Oldroyd, a well-known name in the market already since the early days of LiDAR measurements and offshore modelling, the opportunity to strengthen and grow his team.”Eric Arends, VP Pondera Group
“After almost 2 decades of building a small but successful firm, it feels like a big step to join with such a dynamic company like Pondera. The past years of cooperation have shown, that we work complementary on projects and portfolios as LiDAR rental and floating LiDAR & offshore wind resource assessments. We are glad to bring our teams together and put a focus on where both companies are good at: dedicated customer support for the onshore and offshore wind market.”Andy Oldroyd, Managing Director, Oldbaum Services
Pondera management change
Pondera recently announced a change in management. Pondera has been in existence for over 14 years, and has grown into a flourishing business employing around 70 people in the Netherlands and abroad. In order to be able to continue to respond to future developments, the company recently decided to reconfigure the organisation. The current director and vice director of Pondera Consult, Hans Rijntalder and Eric Arends, are stepping down from the executive board. They make way for Sergej van de Bilt and Paul Janssen who have been working for Pondera almost from the start. Van de Bilt takes on the role of Director and Janssen takes on the role of deputy director. Rijntalder and Arends will stay on as consultants. Source: Pondera