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UK Offshore - Keep on building

The UK must address uncertainties surrounding project finance and a new support system to reach its ambitious targets

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For offshore wind project developers and owners, vessels occupy a spot at the top of their list of priorities. It is essential to get the right boats for the jobs involved, but also to get them at the right time and at a good price. It does not sound easy, and it isn’t. All parties involved in offshore wind have had to climb a steep learning curve over the past few years. The good news is that vessel builders, operators and certifiers have all made great strides to respond to the challenges.

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Busy times for UK in bid to keep top spot

Having passed the 2GW milestone, the UK looks certain to maintain its position at the top of the installed-capacity offshore wind league table, as activity continues apace at several projects

Breaking free from utilities' stranglehold

One of the biggest threats to the UK’s ability to meet its target of 18GW installed offshore wind capacity by 2020 is the limited availability of capital to finance new projects. We look at the likely sources of money for future developments

Helping hand

The Green Investment Bank's role in financing UK offshore wind

Demo sites pave the way for offshore wind's future

The UK is among the front runners in developing offshore turbine test facilities. Several demonstration projects are under construction or planned at sites around the country

Forward view key to reducing project risks

Large scale and complex schedules make offshore wind projects prone to significant risks. Toby Seay of global engineering, procurement and construction company Bechtel explains how to use structured processes to anticipate problems and manage them effectively

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