What is Offshore engineering?
Offshore Engineering is the engineering discipline that deals with the design and construction of structures intended to work in a stationary position in the ocean environment.
Examples of floating offshore structures are:
- Floating oil and gas production units, such as FPSO, semi-submersible platforms.
- Floating drilling units such as drilling ships and semi-submersible drilling platforms.
Examples of bottom founded offshore structure are:
- Jacket platforms
- Gravity based platforms
- Offshore wind turbines
Examples of subsea offshore structure are:
- Subsea infrastructure for oil and gas production such as manifolds, wellheads, flowlines
- Risers, umbilicals etc
US calls investors to bid for offshore wind parks in North Atlantic
US is finally on the offshore wind map. On Tuesday 4th of June 2013 the Interior department anounced the first offshore lease sale will take place in July. This move risers hopes for large investments in the Offshore Wind industy.
Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer, is among at least nine energy companies aiming to set up shop in the prime real estate off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The two areas, comprising 164,750 acres or just slightly larger than the city of Chicago, are the first to be competitively bid under the government's program. They have an expected output capacity of 3,395 megawatts, enough to power 1 million homes, according to the Interior Department.
“Today we are moving closer to tapping into the enormous potential offered by offshore wind to create jobs, increase our sustainability, and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness in this new energy frontier." Sally Jewell said in a statement Tuesday, almost two months after being sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior. "As we experience record domestic oil and gas development, we are also working to ensure that America leads the world in developing the energy of the future.”
The US added 12,620 megawatts of wind capacity in 2012, the industry's best year of growth yet. Wind is the country's second largest contributor of renewable power, accounting for about 28 percent of electricity generation from renewable sources. Only hydroelectric power outranks it. Renewables as a whole make up a small portion (12 percent) of the nation's entire electricity mix.