Renewable energy is creating a jobs boom in North of England, so why not Scotland? – Kenny MacAskill MP. With Scotland possessing 25 per cent of Europe’s offshore wind resource, you’d therefore think we’d be firing on all cylinders. For sure, there’s much happening with different fields opening and work progressing. But for Scotland, rhetoric isn’t matching reality. In Hull, 1,000 people are working at the Siemens Plant and more are to be recruited. They’ve been building for fields including some off the Yorkshire coast. The GE plant in Teesside’s due to open shortly, employing 750 and working on fields including the Dogger Bank development that gave wind to the Prime Minister’s hyperbole. So the North of England is getting the benefit of the wind off its shores but where’s ours here in Scotland? BiFab lies idle in Fife, as does Arnish in the Western Isles. As well as community benefit from offshore energy, there should be jobs for the community. But north of the Border, there’s not much so far. Neither of those yards could have supplied all the fields off our shores but they certainly can supply some. The UK government’s ensuring that benefits come onshore in England as they seek to shore up Red Wall seats. But what’s the Scottish government done? Governments don’t get everything they want but they can always get something. They’ve influence, and can invariably get something, even if not everything they’d wish. The failure to deliver turbine jobs to Scottish yards is truly staggering.
Scotsman 13th Oct 2021 read more »