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This lecture will describe the evolution of offshore structures in the UK and nearby waters, and how the technology for oil and gas has transferred into structures for renewable energy, particularly offshore wind. It will review the types of structure, including floating vessels and structures; jackets with piled or suction can foundations; and gravity based structures.
It will show how the increased capacity of crane vessels and installation equipment led to more efficient structures. Also, it will discuss how safety and environmental issues led to changes in practice and regulation, particularly after the loss of the Alexander Kjelland and Piper Alpha, and the aborted disposal of Brent Spar.
The offshore wind industry has built on the experience from oil and gas, with substations supported by monopiles or conventional platforms, and wind turbines supported by driven monopiles of up to ten metres diameter, elegant and slender jackets in deeper water, some gravity based structures, and the first floating offshore wind farm.
The lecture will also describe developments in offshore tidal and wave power. It will conclude with a review of the energy produced from oil and gas in UK waters and now being produced from offshore wind and other renewables.
After a first degree in Engineering Science and a PhD in soil mechanics, Peter worked for contractors for nearly 40 years, for much of that time on the design of fixed offshore structures. He led the design of some of the largest steel structures installed in the North Sea. He has also managed designs for railway projects; storage of liquefied natural gas; gas to liquids plant; and part of an alumina refinery. He also worked on the design and construction of a major dockyard and the conceptual design of an offshore substation.
Peter has served on ICE Council and as Chairman of Maritime Board, Chairman of the Offshore Engineering Society, President of the British Section of Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France and was the last Chairman of ICE Chilterns. He is now Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, a Livery Company of the City of London.
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