Situated 27km off the Angus coast, the 114 Vestas V164 10.0 MW turbines of Seagreen offshore wind farm will be capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 1.6 million UK homes once in commercial operation in 2023, saving 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually and making a significant contribution to Scotland’s and the UK’s net zero targets.
DAGEM Power were responsible for the Factory Acceptance Testing of the Seagreen Onshore and Offshore protection and control systems on behalf of Hitachi Energy. Subsequently, DAGEM provided Client Representatives to act on behalf of Seagreen Wind Energy Limited and oversee protection commissioning activities during the dry-dock testing of the offshore platform in the UAE, the onshore substation in Tealing and final onshore-offshore commissioning.
“Due to the restriction of movement brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the dry-dock commissioning of the offshore platform, situated in the UAE, had to be witnessed by DAGEM Power Engineers remotely, bringing many challenges, not least the time differences between the UAE and UK! DAGEM were able to demonstrate their flexibility and commitment to delivering projects under challenging circumstances whilst utilising the organisations protection expertise to oversee commissioning works.”
David Shammas, Protection & Control Manager at DAGEM Power
PROTECTION SERVICES ENGINEER
Protection specialist with over 10 years’ experience delivering factory acceptance testing and site commissioning of protection systems with offshore experience. Ambitious, extremely motivated and dedicated to continued professional development to strive towards perfection, able to work independently, within a team or lead a team to deliver projects within budget and on time while maintaining focus on health and safety and the highest standards of work throughout.
I have a strong background of electronic/electrical testing and fault diagnosis with experience across multiple sectors including Power, communications, oil and gas and contract manufacturing. I have previously worked in various departments including site engineering and electronic test development. Having been working on protection schemes in an engineering role for 5 years I am dedicated to completing National Grid T141 Commissioning Authorisation
I am working towards completing both professional registration with the IET and National Grid TP141 Commissioning Authorisation under a structured training and development programme.
I am a Commissioning Engineer working towards National Grid TP141 Authorisation. I am experienced on a wide range of protection and control schemes on equipment from various manufacturers, on voltage levels 132kV, 275kV and 400kV.
I have worked on a wide range of National Grid projects from new build substations to protection replacements to Protection & Control FATs.
I have enacted the lead engineer role on 132kV DNO projects, managing commissioning teams on site, developing / running commissioning programs, managing external contractors and assisting in all aspects of the commissioning process.
I’ve also had a 6-month placement within Mitsubishi Electric’s design team where I prepared CAD drawings, namely Impressed Voltage risk drawings and Stage-by-Stage construction drawings (as required by National Grid on complex schemes).
SENIOR COMMISSIONING ENGINER
Over 18 years High Voltage Substation Commissioning Experience, authorised to National Grid TP141 Advanced Commissioning since 2010.
I have worked across all voltages from 13kV to 400kV, on equipment from all the major suppliers to the UK T&D networks, both onshore and offshore. Experienced on a broad range of protection relays, switchgear, wound plant, reactive compensation and test equipment.
A Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology
SENIOR COMMISSIONING ENGINER
Over 30 years High Voltage Substation Commissioning Experience, authorised to National Grid TP141 Advanced Commissioning since 2005.
I have worked internationally across all voltages from 3kV to 400kV, on equipment from all the major suppliers to the T&D networks. Experienced on a broad range of protection relays, switchgear, wound plant, reactive compensation and test equipment.
A Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology
Darren is the Business Manager for DAGEM Power, responsible for strategic direction, growth and performance of the business team function.
Upon joining DAGEM Power, Darren oversaw the transition of the company’s financial management to a more transparent and scalable system with the implementation of cloud accounting software and managed all the challenges involved in such a change.
Darren has been integral to the implementation of various systems and procedures across different units of DAGEM’s business function, ranging from expense management to the development of workflows for increased automation and efficiency.
In his spare time, Darren is a big rugby aficionado who has represented Malta at rugby union and rugby league.
SHESQ MANAGER, DEPUTY COMMISSIONING MANAGER
Roy started his career in 2006, working for National Grid as a Trainee Substation Engineer, after successful completion of this training programme and achieving his NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, he obtained his National Grid Senior Authorised Person (SAP HV/LV/Mech) Authorisation in 2010. Commissioning Training then followed, achieving his TP141 Basic Authorisation in 2017 followed by TP141 Advanced Authorisation in 2019.
He has since worked across a range of Transmission and Distribution voltages from 400kV to 11kV, on equipment from all the major suppliers to the UK T&D networks and gained experience on a broad range of protection relays, switchgear, wound plant, reactive compensation and test equipment.
Roy has led the commissioning on several asset replacement projects in the UK, including Supergrid Transformers, Shunt Reactors, Protection Relays and all Associated Switchgear on Double Bus and Mesh Corner Substations. He has delivered various training courses on Health and Safety, Protection and Switchgear Commissioning for DAGEM and National Grid staff.
During Roy’s time at National Grid he was a member of a Working Group tasked with the design and implementation of National Grid’s current Electronic RAMS and Safety Documents from Design, through to testing and implementation. As the Single Point of contact for the South West of England and South Wales he was influential in developing and delivering the training for the implementation of this system.
Roy is very passionate about Health and Safety and training. He has a thorough understanding of National Grid Procedures and Processes, and delivers various large projects in accordance with TP106.
PROTECTION & CONTROL SERVICES MANAGER
David is a highly motivated, diligent and fastidious Engineer, with 13+ years experience in the design, construction and commissioning of high voltage substations.
With a Masters in Electrical Engineering, David has held multiple lead roles across some of the UKs largest electrical infrastructure projects. Specialising in protection systems, from panel build to relay setting and configuration, Factory Acceptance Testing through to onsite Commissioning and preventative maintenance, David is an expert in the use of Omicron secondary injection test sets and has a wide range of experience across all vendors protection products.
David is responsible for leading DAGEM’s team of Protection & Control Specialists to deliver a wide range of services including Factory Acceptance Testing, site works (both onshore and offshore) ranging from Site Acceptance Testing, Protection Maintenance, Protection Replacements, Fault Investigations and Client Representation, in addition to the management and delivery of Service Level and Framework agreements.
Passionate about the training, development and mentorship of the next generation of Engineers, David is an invited member of the Industrial Advisory Board at Bangor University, Department of Electronics and Computer Science. Furthermore, David has established an Enterprise Partnership between DAGEM Power and the Institute of Engineering & Technology and acts as scheme representative to provide a pathway for DAGEM Engineers to achieve Professional Registration.
David started commissioning on National Grid substations in 2008 and obtained National Grid TP141 Authorisation in 2012 and TP141 Advanced Authorisation in 2019.
He has since worked across a range of Transmission and Distribution voltages from 400kV to 11kV, on equipment from all the major suppliers to the UK T&D networks, both onshore and offshore and gained experience on a broad range of protection relays, switchgear, wound plant, reactive compensation and test equipment. He has delivered numerous FAT’s for various protection relay manufacturer’s including delivering the National Grid Type Registration FAT’s for both ABB and Mitsubishi’s Centralised Busbar Protection Solutions.
David has led the commissioning on several windfarms in the UK, including the Onshore Commissioning Manager role for Hornsea 2 Offshore Windfarm (the world’s largest offshore windfarm when operational) on behalf of Hitachi-ABB Power Grids UK. He has developed and delivered various training courses on Protection and Switchgear Commissioning on behalf of our clients, including for National Grid staff.
David founded DAGEM Power in 2014 and has developed an unrivalled training and monitoring programme, including courses delivered by ex-National Grid senior policy advisors, tailored to DAGEM Power’s requirements, to ensure DAGEM Power Engineers are the most highly trained and experienced Engineers in the industry.
David has a passion for software development and automation and has developed a Commissioning Management System that allows automated project monitoring and reporting, ensuring all DAGEM Power projects are consistently delivered to the same high standard and giving clients unparalleled visibility over their projects.