As for the fish and other sea creatures that live in and around our wind farms – and on which fishermen rely for their income – these, too, can exist in harmony with offshore wind farms, thanks in no small part to the expertise of our own team of environmental specialists.
During construction, we actively minimise environmental impacts, for example through using bubble curtains, noise mitigation screens, hydro sound dampers and suction bucket jackets to reduce noise. And once built, turbine foundations act as artificial reef habitats where new diverse ecosystems can thrive.
Throughout a wind farm’s life, we closely monitor and mitigate any possible impacts on the marine environment, especially on commercially important species and habitats. This has included ground-breaking research into crustacean stocks on one of our wind farms in the UK. This research showed no negative impact from offshore wind activities.