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Diving Texas offshore wind? Not for another decade

Discussion in 'Texas Dive Destinations' started by DeepGeek, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. DeepGeek

    DeepGeek Tiger Shark

    I've wondered for a while why the shallow offshore industry services industry hasn't gotten behind offshore wind, figured it was ultimately economics.

    And here's some economics:
    The article's thrust is that on-shore wind in West Texas is so cheap, the investment will continue to go there first, except to power offshore oil installations.

    Which is a shame, because buddies of mine say the wind farm off Block Island (Rhode Island) is great for shallower diving, just like the nearshore rigs in the Gulf for us:

    Of course, the water will often be a bit green around any offshore wind since they will probably end up around 15 miles from land. The rigs at 30 miles (now mainly gone) are where you used to be more sure of blue water and good vis.
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  2. Seaagg05

    Seaagg05 Vice President Staff Member

    Jackets will add millions to the cost compared to a onshore foundation which should be relatively inexpensive. Running subsea cables long distance can also be pricey not to mention the real active inaccessibility for maintenance and maintenance equipment. Not that it’s totally impractical, just need to have a lot more to gain from it. If you got the land and the wind, it’s probably cheaper to start there. Population density over there is a bit higher too, could be a driving factor.
  3. ReefHound

    ReefHound CHUM President Staff Member

    Imagine when a hurricane comes through... We can power the nation... at least until they blow away.
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  4. Lakediver

    Lakediver Tiger Shark

    It still blows my mind that the rigs are gone ...
  5. wanderwoman

    wanderwoman Tiger Shark

    Seaagg05 makes some very good points.
    I wrote an article a few months back about offshore wind (www.oedigital.com/news/461190-offshore-wind-coming-of-age) and there will be a lot of opportunities off the east coast first where there are world-class winds, high density of population, little land available for wind farms, and a shallow shelf. Then off the left coast, which has the high population needed to drive it, but deeper water, which will require floating platforms. Island economies like Hawaii, where fossil fuels are more costly, will also probably be early movers.
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  6. DeepGeek

    DeepGeek Tiger Shark

    That could be interesting, diving a floating wind farm off the West Coast. It gets deep quick off CAlifornia, which can be limiting to visibility since you have to dive closer in or rack up serious deco.
    But imagine drift-diving a line of wind turbines at 30 ft, surrounded by pelagic fish, in clear sunny blue water 15 miles from shore...
    One day.
  7. Seaagg05

    Seaagg05 Vice President Staff Member

    I didn’t even think about Hawaii, that might be a good place, but it gets deep pretty quick there.

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