A new industry report has estimated that creation of a “cluster” of ports to develop floating offshore wind could deliver £1.5bn to the economy in Scotland. The assessment, commissioned by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council, has been led by Strathclyde University principal, professor Sir Jim McDonald. The document points to the need for strategic investments to prepare for increased floating wind capacity off Scotland’s shores. Investing in assembly could boost gross value added to the economy by £1.5bn up to 2050, it estimates, while fabrication could bring between £1.5bn – £4.5bn, it said. A “collaborative framework” should be implemented as a “priority” for this investment in infrastructure in advance of ScotWind leases being awarded next year, with successful applicants encouraged to then participate.
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