B9 Energy Offshore, DONG Energy and RES Offshore ceased development on the First Flight Wind project in December 2014.
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The construction of an offshore wind farm is a significant undertaking. For example, on DONG Energy's Walney wind farm off Cumbria, over 5,500 people (drawn from global specialist suppliers and local contractors) were registered as having worked on the offshore project during the two year construction period. For wind farm construction, many of the skills required are similar to the oil and gas industry and many of the companies involved work in both sectors. The West of Duddon Sands offshore project generated its first electricity in January 2014. It comprises 108 wind turbines and was assembled at Belfast Harbour's purpose built offshore facility, which supports up to 300 jobs ranging from welders to electricians and engineers.

Some of the job opportunities associated with offshore wind if your background is in Construction or Engineering might include:

  • Design draftsman (usually mechanical and electrical engineers)
  • Onsite technician
  • Geologist
  • Developer/Development manager
  • Project engineer (mechanical, civil or electrical) 
  • Package manager
  • Applications engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Mathematical analyst
  • Blade prototype technician
  • Asset manager
  • Technical sales manager
  • Geotechnical/Geophysical surveyor 

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