For employers working in the construction and infrastructure sectors in Aberdeen, a GWO working at heights course could prove a really worthwhile investment, as an application for a new offshore wind farm in the area has just been approved.
Finding a home some nine miles outside of the city, the eight turbine strong farm is estimated to cost £250 million to construct, providing some 110 jobs in construction and maintenance, according to the Scotsman.
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in the Scottish government, comments that this new installation will cement Scotland’s place as one of the world leaders in the field of offshore wind power. “Once operational, this pioneering …offshore wind farm will produce enough electricity to power almost 56,000 homes and will create jobs and investment across Scotland,” he said.
Scotland is currently home to 25 per cent of Europe’s offshore wind energy resource and these new wind turbines, of which the first is expected to be on site in the second quarter of 2018, will contribute towards the reduction of CO2 emissions by 94,500 tonnes per year.
In Scotland, renewable energy outweighs contributions by both nuclear power and fossil fuels processes and is currently the biggest contributor to electricity generation, providing 21,000 jobs in the country according to the gov.uk website. However, though offshore wind is a growing sector, on-shore wind still forms the largest proportion of energy generation in the renewables sector.
According to the project’s director, this build will also herald a new era of building wind turbines into even deeper water than ever before, opening up new opportunities for new offshore sites.