Renewable Energy

RPS Energy has worked in almost every petroleum basin in the world, undertaking projects ranging from niche specialist work to large multi-disciplinary E&P studies. This mix of experience and expertise comes from a highly-experienced staff and associates, comprising a wide range of surface and sub-surface disciplines.

The offshore renewables sector, incorporating offshore wind, wave and tidal energy is central to delivering renewable energy to meet global, European and UK targets.

It is now recognised that a step change in the development of offshore renewable energy is essential if we are to move towards a low carbon energy world. Offshore wind in particular has the potential to contribute significantly to meeting the ambitious targets set by governments around the world.

RPS has long-recognised the importance of this sector and since 2001 has worked on over 150 renewable projects in the UK and overseas for over 50 clients, including developers, regulatory authorities and governments. Our particular expertise in offshore renewables has benefited from over 30 years experience in the offshore oil and gas industry enabling us to transfer expertise and approach across sector boundaries.

Our broad spread of in house specialist skills, coupled with our track record of successfully completed projects has helped to ensure that RPS is recognised as one of the leading global consultancies by the offshore renewables industry.

In summary, the key services offered by RPS with regard to the offshore renewables industry are:

Survey Management
Geotechnical survey design and management
Geophysical survey design and management
Environmental surveys (marine mammals, metocean, ornithological, marine ecological, fisheries, underwater noise, landscape/seascape assessment)
Surveys associated with onshore infrastructure (ecology, archaeology, landscape, transport, noise, hydrogeology, flood risk, protected species surveys)


Project Development & Planning
Site selection
Optimisation of project design
Environmental scoping
Baseline surveys
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Production of Environmental Statements
Stakeholder management
Appropriate Assessment
GIS coordination
Due diligence
Cable landfall studies


Construction Support
Provision of support to construction teams
Tender contract management
Health & safety
Offshore supervision during installation of foundations, cables & scour protection
Expert advice on geotechnical, export cable and environmental issues
Consent compliance
Marine mammal mitigation
Cable burial assessment
Hazard analysis and unexploded ordnance assessment
Jackup leg penetration studies


Case Studies:

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm - Marine Mammal Mitigation

Walney Offshore Wind Farm - Geotechnical Survey Coordination

Naikun Offshore Wind Farm - Geological and Metocean Studies

Gunfleet Sands 1 and 2 Offshore Wind Farm - EIA and Monitoring

Lincs Offshore Wind Farm - EIA and Construction Support

Lynn and Inner Dowsing Offshore Wind Farms - Consents and Construction Support

London Array Offshore Wind Farm - EIA and Construction Support

Strangford Narrows - Mooring Design

Ramsey Sound - Environmental Studies and Geophysical Surveys

Scarweather Sands Offshore Wind Farm - Harbour Porpoise Monitoring

Bird Surveying - RPS and Econ

Wave and Tidal Energy - Services

Due Diligence


What we provide


Alun Williams
Technical Director, Offshore
T: +44 (0) 1483 746 500

USA and Canada
Tony LaPierre
Technical Director, Site Investigation
T: +1 (281) 448 6188

Australia Asia Pacific
John Stanton
Managing Director, Energy
T: +61 (0) 8 9211 1188