Global offshore wind pipeline exceeds 400 GW

5 October 2021

New research by RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team shows that the total pipeline of offshore wind projects around the world now stands at 413 GW. This figure includes projects that are fully operational, under construction, consented or being planned.

In terms of operational capacity, the UK retains its top spot at 10.4 GW but China at 9.4 GW is catching up, and Germany stands third at 7.7 GW. Globally, 35.3 GW of offshore capacity is fully operational.  

The UK has a total pipeline of 63.2 GW of offshore wind capacity. China is slightly ahead at 64.4 GW and the USA is in third place with 40.5 GW. However, as the pipeline includes projects at all stages of planning including early development, it cannot be assumed that they will all be built.

The figures come from RenewableUK’s ‘Offshore Wind Project Intelligence’  report, published on 29 September at its annual Global Offshore Wind conference and exhibition in London.

RenewableUK’s executive director Isabel DiVanna commented: “Our latest Project Intelligence report demonstrates the global appetite to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind around the world. It is especially useful to see where opportunities are arising for offshore wind supply chain companies in the UK to export their knowledge and expertise to new markets.”


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