Floating wind farms in the Celtic Sea off Cornwall could support 3,200 jobs in the South West and Wales, and bring £680 million into the local supply chains by 2030, a new report says. These are the findings of a study by the research and innovation centre, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Floating offshore turbines can be used in deeper offshore waters where there is more wind and the seabed is not suitable for the fixed wind farms seen in the North Sea. They would be ten miles or more from land, in an area high average wind speeds, typically above 29kph in water depths of 50 metres and more. The government is being asked to help to get the initiative off the ground. The study looked at the potential for building four wind farms, two off Cornwall and two off the coast of Pembrokeshire, over the next decade.
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