The Big Question
Stakeholders weigh in on worldwide renewable energy issues
What Opportunities Exist for
Technology Transfer from
Offshore Oil and Gas to the
Offshore Wind Industry?
THE PARALLELS BET WEEN OFFSHORE OIL AND WIND are plenty. Each
technology requires anchoring heavy equipment to the seabed or
fguring out how to stabilize it through fotation. Each relies on
cabling or piping to transport the product. Each needs specialized
vessels equipped to transport people and supplies to locations far
out to sea. Additional similarities include permitting, environmental concerns, dealing with opposition and many more.
Read the responses below to see answers to this month’s big
question: What Opportunities Exist for Technology Transfer from
Offshore Oil and Gas To the Offshore Wind Industry?
Many, if done right and by respecting the
differences between both markets as each
offer unique challenges and opportunity. Oil
& gas has always driven a quality and HSE
demand frst, which offshore wind regret-
tably lacked in the early years. Thankfully,
this has changed through learning vital les-
sons from oil & gas while still pushing inno-
vation to achieve cost reduction.
There was a legacy of the oil and gas infu-
ence where thoughts of cable protection were
of secondary importance. This may have been
understandable when the oil pipeline itself took precedence but in
offshore wind, the power cable’s integrity is paramount.
As the offshore wind industry continues to look at ways of
reducing costs and ineffciencies, developers are increasingly realising the benefts of bringing in the cable protection supplier at an
Closer engagement at the start minimizes installation times
Keystone delivered small light,
jacket structures that could be
lifted from a ship to be installed
in place rather than barged or
floated in place for the Block
Island wind project. Credit: