Government seeks applications from likely port developers: The government is contributing a sum of up to about £70 million for the development of a single large coastal production site for the offshore wind sector & is seeking applications from coastal landowners & potential port developers.

It has started a formal competitive process to expedite the advancement of large-scale manufacturing portside hubs to make the next-generation of offshore wind turbines.

The government claims the anticipated rapid deployment of offshore wind throughout the UK, Europe & globally over the next decade, along with the growing size of turbines, means there is a requirement for a major expansion in manufacturing capacity in the approaching years.

The projected site must be coastal and the site must include a minimum of 200 hectares of accessible land along with unfettered access to the planned quay to support the manufacture, storage and assembly of offshore wind turbines & components.

The project must also have a realistic possibility of beginning manufacturing activities by the end of 2023 & must be financially viable with the assistance of the funding.

Even though the award amount is not fixed and an award of a greater amount can be made –  the government expects it to be around £70 million.

However, if applicants believe their project would need a greater award amount in order to continue, they are reccomended to note it in their application.

The announcement for applications is being made with a view to offering a letter in principle to one large port hub developer in early 2021.

Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng stated: “The UK is already leading the world in offshore wind energy – establishing a major new offshore wind manufacturing hub, supported by thousands of skilled UK workers, will make sure we capitalise on the huge potential of our green ambitions.

“This is an essential part of our plan to increase capacity to 40GW by the end of this decade – a bold target that will help keep us at the forefront of the green industrial revolution.”

Applications need to be submitted by 8th January 2021.

Government seeks applications from likely port developers

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