Asia to become next offshore wind market - executive

Asia is in line to become the next major offshore wind market to emerge after Europe, and is likely to become a major exporter of both offshore turbines and subsea foundations in the coming years, a senior wind executive tells Recharge.

Many of the prime areas for offshore wind in European waters have already been carved up, leaving many hungry firms looking to foreign pastures, says Ronnie Bonnar, operations director for Aberdeen-based SeaEnergy Renewables.

Offshore leases in Europe will continue changing hands, albeit at an ever-slowing rate, he says. But the attention of the European offshore renewables sector will be heavily focused on building out existing sites over the next decade.

“In the UK and much of Europe they’re done awarding green-field [offshore] sites – at least for the medium term,” Bonnar says.

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