Get wind of the latest offshore projects

It is estimated that renewable energy sources will account for 26% of the world's energy supply in 2020. Amongst the various renewable forms such as marine, biomass and hydro, it is wind energy which is considered as the world’s fastest growing renewable energy type. And as Europe’s windiest country, it is the UK which is leading the world in offshore wind power.

The UK has been harnessing offshore wind power since 2000 and could account for around 7-12% of our electricity generation by 2020. This is enough to power up to 9.5 million homes.

To put the UK’s offshore wind strength into context, the UK has more installed offshore wind capacity than the rest of the world combined. One particular area which is investing in the benefits of offshore wind is East Anglia. The £2.5m East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm project is progressing towards construction, with the complete farm of 102 wind turbines expected to be in operation in 2020. One of the largest energy projects in the UK, the finished farm will have a generating capacity of up to 714 megawatts – enough to power 500,000 homes.

East Anglia is also the chosen location for both the Dudgeon and Galloper wind farms, which are due for completion in 2017 and 2018, respectively. As well as benefitting from a great source of renewable energy, the local area has also benefitted from thousands of jobs which have been created as part of these projects.

However, it’s not just the UK which is investing in offshore wind. Another significant project is taking place in the German EEZ (exclusive economic zone) of the Baltic Sea. Wikinger Offshore Windfarm will boast 70 wind turbines across a site covering 34km2. A unique project, the construction of the farm has involved dealing with difficult sea-bed conditions and deep waters. The wind farm is due to be in operation next year and will generate 350 megawatts, powering more than 350,000 households.

Speaking about the current opportunities in the offshore wind market, Ben Hough, Department Manager – Power & Nuclear, Matchtech, said:

“The renewables industry as a whole offers great opportunities for engineers around the world. Not only is the renewables sector one of the highest paying engineering sectors (as referenced in The Engineer’s 2016 Salary Survey), but it also offers the chance for working abroad and the reward of making a positive difference to the environment.”

With the rise in renewables around the world, there are plenty of jobs available for skilled engineers on these exciting projects. Whether you have offshore wind experience or have transferable skills from another sector, the companies leading these projects are looking for people to work in a range of roles including Construction Manager, Senior Cable Engineer, Commissioning Engineer, Senior Authorised Person (from 33kv to 400kv), HSE Engineer and Works Coordinator, amongst others.

Depending on the project or country, you may need site-specific or role-specific qualifications but on a general level, the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) requires you to have the following certificates:

  • First aid
  • Fire fighting
  • Manual handling
  • Work at heights
  • Sea survival & transfer training

If you're interested in working on these projects, get in touch with us on +44 (0)1489 898980 or via email Alternatively you can browse our current offshore wind jobs here.

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