Thousands of commecial divers needed to meet needs of offshore renewables marketNews // August 18, 2010
More than 2,200 commercial divers will be needed to help build and develop Europe’s offshore wind sector as it rapidly expands over the next six years, according to leading industry analysts.
Douglas Westwood estimates that 2,200 divers will be needed.
A new report commissioned by subsea training provider The Underwater Centre in Fort William studied the number of divers who will be needed to meet the renewable energy targets which have been set by governments across Europe.
The study, which was carried out by Douglas Westwood, focused on the installation and maintenance phases of offshore wind farm development over the next six years.
It concluded that 1,700 divers will be needed during the installation phase where there is a potential for 17.7GW to come online. 2013 will see a peak in demand with 500 divers required, mainly in the UK and Germany.
With the potential of 3,800 turbines coming online in Europe by 2016, an additional 500 divers would be required during the operations and maintenance phase.
The report also concludes that:
• During the operational phase, 1.3 divers will be needed for every 10 turbines.
• From 2010-2016, the majority of divers required for the installation phase will be in water depths from 20-39m.
• It is projected that turbines in depths of more than 40m will become more frequent, leading to an increased need for divers.
• Before 2008, most turbines were installed in depths between 10-19m. Now projects are moving further offshore, with 90 per cent of new developments in depths greater than 20m.