The Prime Minister’s pledge to create 1GW of floating offshore wind energy by 2030 could be a ‘huge economic and environmental boost’ for Cornwall and the South West. Boris Johnson has pledged to power every home in Britain with offshore wind energy within a decade. He said: “We will not only build fixed arrays in the sea, we will build windmills that float on the sea – enough to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030, 15 times as much as the rest of the world put together.” The pledge is being seen as huge boost to floating offshore wind ambitions in Cornwall and the South West, which have been led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the last two years.
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Hopes that the development of offshore windfarms would trigger a surge in industrial activity are in tatters. In spite of that, industry body Oil & Gas UK remains convinced its members can play a key part in the development of renewable energy sources such as wind and hydrogen. Skills used developing and working on offshore oil and gas facilities should be transferable while depleted fields and associated infrastructure could be used for the storage of huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Equinor developed the world’s first floating windfarm, Hywind, 15 miles off Peterhead. The UK has a chance to become a global leader in a sector that is set to take off. “We need to see develop a much more strategic industrial approach, to making sure that we secure and we develop the floating wind sector within the UK,” said Mr Forbes-Cable. “From an industrial perspective you want to back those sectors that benefit the development of offshore wind on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. As we have seen with oil and gas domestic innovation readily transfers to the international market and so amplifying the economic impact.”
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