Quanta’s Renewable Energy Business – September Update

The first half of 2013 has seen the offshore wind industry thrive throughout Quanta’s European focus. The number of International Offshore Renewable Energy clients that Quanta’s Energies Department is supporting has increased, as well as the number of packages and departments within our existing clients.

Since the 30th June 2013, there are 58 wind farms across 10 countries with 1,939 offshore wind turbines fully connected in European Waters (with a combined capacity of 6,040 MW) (Corbetta, et al., 2013). Operations took place on 21 offshore wind farms, with foundations and turbines installed and/or grid connected in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

First half of 2013

In March 2013, we stated that Quanta’s portfolio would include Round 3 Projects; this has started with Quanta aiding Clients such as RWE and DONG with their requirements of additional freelance personnel on these projects.

Martho Becht (Managing Consultant) predicted a peak in offshore activities and requests for expertise in Q2 2013 within UK and German Clusters of the North Sea, and he was correct; a large number of clients requested consultants within all areas of Engineering, as well as planning, coordination, safety and management.

Between January and June 2013, European operators fully connected 277 offshore wind turbines which have a combined capacity totalling 1,045 MW in 7 wind farms (Corbetta, et al., 2013); there are an additional 130 turbines (484 MW) which are awaiting grid connections. There were 18 wind farms under construction, which once completed will have a total capacity of 5,111 MW. During this period, the offshore capacity installations doubled compared to that of 2012, with 254 turbines erected in 10 wind farms and 268 foundations installed in 10 wind farms  (Corbetta, et al., 2013).

There were 16 Offshore Wind Developers that have contributed towards Europe’s growing Wind Energy Market totalling 1,045 MW. Quanta’s clients contributed some of the largest percentages: including DONG who contributed the highest share in the connected MW at 39% (406MW), E.ON at 11% (120MW), and RWE at 2% (20MW) (Corbetta, et al., 2013). 

Future Job opportunities

The offshore wind industry is buoyant in the job market with a correlation between the increase in the contract and permanent job opportunities reflecting an increase in the number of wind energy projects; and this will only continue to rise over the next few years.  By 2020, it is predicted that the wind energy sector will employ 462,000 personnel (Arapogianni, et al., 2011) with 40% of these being based offshore, and by 2030 offshore jobs expectations are at 60% of the total wind energy employment (total at 480,000).

The recent election results in Germany have spelt good news for funding and investment within the offshore wind energy markets. German clusters will continue to be Quanta’s focus and where the bulk of Offshore Wind Energy requirements will come from our already existing and ever increasing client base. The high level of expertise requests for Germany will continue throughout 2014, and in 2015 to 2016 the UK is looking to have a surge of opportunities. France, where active preparations are already starting on the offshore wind projects, will also have a surge of requirements in 2015-2016.

Technical Development & Advancements

The Offshore wind industry is growing rapidly and predictions have been made that it will become a €130 billion global market by 2020 (Marcacci, 2013).  Offshore Wind Energy is the future with annual investment predictions in offshore wind turbines of €10.4 billion by 2020; and total electricity production of 148 TWh which will meet between 4% and 4.2% of total EU electricity demand (Arapogianni, et al., 2011).  Preparatory offshore work has started on three new offshore wind farms; once completed, they will increase installed capacity in Europe by a further 583 MW: Germany – Amrumbank West and Baltic 2, and UK – Methil (Corbetta, et al., 2013).

To this date the majority of wind farms installed have been within 20 km from the coast and in 20 m water depth. Industry plans for the future include a large number of projects in depths up to 60 m and up to 60 km from shore with some of these already in consent and even construction stage, there are also proposals for deep offshore wind farms (more than 60 m depths and 60 km offshore) using new concepts of floating platform already in motion (Arapogianni, et al., 2011).

Along with the distance from shore and water depths increasing, the sizes of the wind turbines (blades, rotors, etc.) are set to increase too. Technological developments have been numerous and fast paced e.g. aerodynamics, variable speed regulation and independent blade pitch control.

Final Note

Training and education will be a focus for the future to prevent upcoming skill shortages (Arapogianni, et al., 2011).  “Highly skilled” contractors are in high demand already for offshore wind energy projects, and Operators, Suppliers, and other companies are finding skilled positions hard to fill and are looking to International Recruitment Organisations for external resourcing assistance; and of course Quanta Consultancy Services are already helping many clients with these requests.

Europe is leading the way in gaining clean green energy from offshore wind farms, with substantial development already in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland (Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, 2013), and many more European countries with plans for offshore development. Here at Quanta, we will continue to focus our support on these countries in the future, and continue to supply key operators with highly skilled individuals.

We are currently one of only 4 companies with approved framework supplier status through the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and France with E.ON, RWE, DONG, and Vattenfall.  Keep your eye out for new opportunities on the Quanta Website and the specific Quanta CS – Renewable Energy LinkedIn Group.

For more information on new international and national roles please contact Rebecca Church (Delivery Executive) +44(0)1442 869213 and rebecca@quanta-cs.com.

Alternatively, if you are interested in gaining Quanta Consultancy Services’ assistance with regards to new contract recruitment requirements please contact Martho Becht (Managing Consultant) +44(0)1442 869215 martho.becht@quanta-cs.com


Works Cited

Arapogianni, A., Williams, D., Moccia, J. & Phillips, J., 2011. Wind in our Sails – The coming of Europe’s offshore wind energy industry, Brussels: EWEA.

Corbetta, G., Arapogianni, A., Moccia, J. & Wilkes, J., 2013. The European offshore wind industry – key trends and statistics 1st half 2013, s.l.: EWEA European Wind Energy Association.

Marcacci, S., 2013. Offshore Wind Energy in Europe: €130 Billion Market By 2020. [Online]
Available at: http://theenergycollective.com/silviomarcacci/222221/offshore-wind-industry-130-billion-euro-market-2020

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, 2013. Offshore Wind Toward 2020 On The Pathway To Cost Competitiveness, s.l.: Roland Berger.