Newcastle based engineer, Nathaniel Cowton (29), has taken on a role as a Senior Policy Advisor at the National Infrastructure Commission, to consider UK energy infrastructure needs and priorities for the next 30 years.
The Commission, the independent body tasked with advising government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure requirements, will highlight priority areas and set out recommendations to support decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability of energy for people across the UK.
Based in WSP’s Newcastle office, Nathaniel has seven years’ experience of delivering and developing high-profile HVDC interconnector projects and previous experience with a range of different generation technologies. Nathaniel coordinated the technical reviews for the award-winning East-West Interconnector - a £500 million electrical interconnector between the UK and Ireland - and is currently the lead engineer for a planned £1.1bn interconnector between France and the UK. This will be the largest capacity interconnector built in the UK since the 1980s.
Nathaniel is also involved in CIGRE, an international industrial organisation for the electrical transmission industry and has previously held elected roles in their UK Young Members’ group.
As part of his secondment into the National Infrastructure Commission, Nathaniel hopes to bring his industrial expertise and experience of delivering large international projects to bear.
Nathaniel Cowton, senior engineer at WSP said: “The energy sector is changing at an unprecedented pace, to adapt to the challenges of providing a secure, affordable and low-carbon energy supply. This makes it a fascinating industry to work in and I’m really excited to be working with the National Infrastructure Commission, to help inform long-term strategy on how we can best achieve these objectives”.
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