SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies has outlined his confidence in a bigger domestic supply chain emerging alongside a fast-growing UK offshore wind energy industry. Tying supply chain commitments to awards due to be made through the current ScotWind leasing round will help deliver onshore capacity to meet the needs of offshore developments, he said. And likening the pace of change in the market to the birth of the North Sea oil and gas industry, he said he expected the offshore wind supply chain to develop in a similar way. He added: “The UK should be able to build on its leadership position in offshore wind and develop capacity onshore, as happened with oil and gas.”
Press & Journal 26th May 2021 read more »
The Port of Leith in Edinburgh will soon be transformed into what is claimed to become the region’s largest renewable energy hub. The plan, which has been unveiled by the operator Forth Ports, will see £40 million spent on the construction of a marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels. A 140-acre cargo handling site will also be upgraded to accommodate lay down, assembly, supply chain and manufacturing processes. The new energy hub, which is expected to occupy a total area equivalent to around 100 football pitches, is forecast to create 3,000 jobs.
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Port operator Forth Ports has unveiled its proposals for the creation of the Port of Leith Renewable Energy Hub, a 71ha site to support Scotland’s Covid-19 recovery plan, as well as the country’s goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions targets by 2045.
Ground Engineering 27th May 2021 read more »
John McLellan – Edinburgh Conservative councillor: With North Sea oil running out and nuclear power stations closing, Scotland’s renewable revolution should get a move on. The plan for a massive wind turbine plant in Leith revealed this week brought welcome cheer to what has been an otherwise very gloomy employment outlook, with the promise of 3,000 badly-needed jobs. Forth Ports said the development would “secure the Firth of Forth as the driver for Scotland’s green energy transition”, and this may well be true. It also claimed it would “help spearhead Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s Covid-19 recovery plan”, but it lacked one key detail to back this up, a target date. From both a jobs and energy point of view the announcement was certainly good news ─ and the kind of boost for which Scottish manufacturing is crying out ─ but the pandemic recovery is not so much something that should be planned for but acted upon now, and a development which could be years in the making can hardly be said to be spearheading an economic rebuilding needed immediately. As worrying is the imminent closure of nuclear power stations Hunterston B, next year, and Torness, in 2030, both of which have a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts, the equivalent of 85 of the very biggest offshore turbines which produce 14 megawatts or 440 average onshore machines. Even then, wind power does not produce the same consistent output as nuclear. With some understatement, the UK and Scottish governments have set “ambitious” targets of 40GW and 11GW of offshore electricity by 2030 respectively, the UK from the current 1.7GW and Scotland from 0.89GW. It’s a tall order to say the least when the Scottish target alone requires a minimum of over 700 of the biggest turbines in nine years; with average offshore turbine capacity currently 7MW, the figure is likely to be closer to 1500. With around 5,000 turbines needed to hit the UK target, no wonder Forth Ports spies an opportunity. But with electricity demand set to soar with more battery-powered vehicles, the replacement of gas central heating, the plug being pulled on Scottish nuclear power and North Sea fossil fuels running out fast, they need to get a move on if we are to avoid a new Dark Age.
Scotsman 27th May 2021 read more »