Construction of the world’s rapidly expanding offshore wind fleet ramped up almost four-fold in the first half of the year compared to 2021, with China accounting for 75% of global installations as total operational sea-based plant closed in on 55GW, according to latest calculations from the World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO).

Some 6.8GW of turbines were deployed offshore in the first six months of the year, with the Asian superpower credited with 5.1GW, WFO said in its Global Offshore Wind Report HY1 2022, a sharp upturn on H1 2021 when just over 1.6GW