15 October 2012

Offshore Windfarms Provide Fantastic Opportunities

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Department of Energy and Climate Change News

New ‘’Round 3′ rights granted in 9 UK coastal zones

Potential for 6,400 additional turbines generating 32GW far exceeds previous plans
£75 billion offshore wind industry could support up to 70,000 clean energy jobs by 2020
These are high value jobs in manufacturing, research and engineering, installation, operation and services

The UK’s long term energy and climate security was strengthened substantially today as the Crown Estate, owner of the UK’s coastal sea beds, granted rights to energy companies to develop the biggest expansion of wind energy ever seen in the world. Several of the Round 3 sites, are outside the UK’s 12 mile limit which means that diving operations will come under the HSE’s approved codes of practice (ACOP’s) for offshore commercial diving operations. Offshore ACOP’s requires that divers are qualified to HSE Wet-Bell Top-Up level and holding an approved offshore survival certificate.

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