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.