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Enabling industry compliance with offshore regulation

Research on the distribution, abundance and sensitivity to disturbance of marine predators has been translated into environmental and economic benefits through a series of spin-out companies with a global presence.

The research enabled the following impacts:

  • PAMGuard software enables the oil and gas industry to conduct seismic surveys within legal environmental limits, saving the industry around $100 million per year.
  • The licensing of the world’s first grid-connected tidal stream power station (SeaGen) in Strangford loch and offshore developments in the wind-power industry.
  • The progress of major engineering projects, including bridges (Forth Crossing and Hong Kong to Macao) and port extensions (Vancouver).
  • Direct company earnings were around £6 million turnover in the assessment period, and this supported 24 employees, two-thirds of whom are skilled specialists.