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Offshore wind energy safety.

wind energy safety

With news that Hornsea One will begin supply this week we thought we’d take a detailed look at offshore wind energy safety and look at some of the stats for the worlds biggest offshore wind farm development.

Offshore wind energy safety brings unique demands so in a milestone week for wind energy in the UK, which sees the Hornsea One offshore wind farm begin supply, we focus in one the stats and numbers.

Phasing in over the next couple of years, the farm will be 100% operational by 2020. Providing enough electricity to power over a million homes the offshore wind farm is the first of four planned developments in the North Sea. Illustrating what an amazing opportunity Britain has for offshore wind energy, Hornsea One is a world leading project that cements the UK’s place as a leader in wind energy. In fact across Europe 85% of of new offshore capacity was installed by the UK and Germany and with a shallow sea bed and ample wind the Uk is well positioned to maintain it’s place at the front of the pack for many years to come.

Hornsea One in numbers

  • When fully operational in 2020 Hornsea One will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world
  • The farm will consist of 174 wind turbines
  • Total capacity will be 1.2 Gw, enough to power well over 1 million homes
  • Covering nearly 407 square Km the wind farms footprint is five times the size of the nearby city of Hull
  • The 7 Mw turbines are taller than London’s Gherkin building


Hornsea One wind turbines in context

Offshore wind safety.

Offshore wind farms bring with a unique set of safety requirements. Not just in working at height and maintaining the turbines but the added danger of being at sea. A number of the survival and safety processes have been developed from those used in the offshore oil and gas industry, adapted and refined for the specific needs of wind energy. Safety Technology provide training in the shape of the GWO Sea Survival training, aligned to the various GWO safety courses for turbine maintenance and installation.

Sea survival includes:

Legislation, Exposure, Hypothermia, Drowning, Life Saving Appliances and PPE, Safe Transfer, Installations, Vessels, WTGs, Man Over Board, SAR and GMDSS, Practical Sea Survival, Transfer Practical



STL’s long history of delivering market leading GWO training puts us in pole position to deliver training for offshore wind.

For more information on STL’s full range of training courses click below.