by David McPhee
UK Offshore wind “entered the Premier League” in 2018, according to a new
report by the Crown Estate.
The organisation, who manage the seabed around England, Wales and Northern
Ireland, released its Offshore Wind Operational Report today.
The report claims 2018 was “another year of record growth” for the sector,
bested only by China.
Last year, the report found 1,931 operational wind turbines across the UK
seabed, 43% of the European total.
An additional 992 turbines are also due to begin construction.
Offshore wind supplied 8% of the UK’s total estimated electricity
generation, meeting the equivalent needs of over a quarter of all homes and
reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions by a total of 12 million tonnes.
Adrian Fox, head of energy, minerals and infrastructure for offshore assets
at The Crown Estate, said : “After years of strong growth, 2018 was the
year that offshore wind entered the Premier League.
“As this report highlights, offshore wind has become a large scale,
responsible and reliable provider of low-carbon electricity, and with the
continued policy support and ambitious vision established in the recent
Sector Deal, it looks certain to progress from strength to strength.”
Construction finished at the Walney Extension development in the Irish Sea
last year, making it the world’s largest operational wind farm.
In the same year, construction got underway at Hornsea One, a project which
is set to overtake Walney as the world’s largest offshore wind farm when it
becomes fully commissioned in 2020.
The project has the capacity potential to power over one million homes.