Engineering Matters Podcast

Foundations for the Future

Blyth decommissioning project


08 Sep 2022

How new technology is supporting the UK’s offshore wind industry to bring down costs and accelerate construction. From new methods for drilling into the seabed, to advanced foundation design models and improved data capture, innovation is critical for this fast-growing market. But it won’t be easy. Deeper waters and variable ground conditions make these some of the most difficult construction projects in the world.

At the same time offshore wind growth targets are enormous, and the waters where the new turbines will live are getting further offshore making them more vulnerable to ocean weather systems. As the country seeks to more than quadruple its installed capacity over the next decade, it faces an enormous challenge to maintain its position as world leader, especially as other markets are now seeking to harness offshore wind energy.


Chris Armstrong, Drilling and Template Lead, Saipem

Denys Borel, Commercial Manager Marine, Fugro in France

Alana Horton, Head of Geotechnical Laboratory, Fugro

Inés Martín Grandes, Tender Coordinator, Fugro Norway

Peter Richards, Chief Engineer, Fugro

Julia Roope, Global Business Development Manager, Offshore Wind, Fugro

Scott Whyte, Geotechnical Engineer, Fugro

Frank Wong, Transport and Installation Manager, Saipem


This episode is produced in partnership with Engineering Matters.

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