The equivalent of one new offshore wind turbine needs to be installed each weekday for the next nine years for the UK to meets its 2030 target for the technology, according to a report.
The UK Government wants to see 40GW of capacity installed by then, which could also increase the nation’s offshore workforce from 160,000 to as many as 220,000 people, found the report by Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University.
It estimated as much £170bn could be invested in capital and operating activities in the UK offshore energy sector between 2021 and 2030, including spending on oil and gas, offshore wind, CCUS and hydrogen.
Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of the Energy Transition Institute at Robert Gordon University and lead author, said: “Successful delivery of the UK and the devolved governments’ energy transition ambitions has the opportunity to secure around 200,000 jobs in 2030 for the offshore energy workforce.
“With the overall number of jobs in the UK oil and gas industry projected to decline over time, the degree of transferability of jobs to adjacent energy sectors such as offshore wind, CCUS, hydrogen or other industrial sectors will be key to ensuring the UK retains its world class skills and capabilities.”