Floating offshore wind port may bring £1.5bn to Scotland: The development of a floating offshore wind port cluster that can connect manufacturers together may produce £1.5 billion in economic favour for Scotland.
Managed by Professor Sir Jim McDonald of Strathclyde University, a current study, authorised by the Scottish Government & offshore industry, advises a partnership framework aimed at building assurance amongst Scottish ports is required to help firms obtain work in offshore wind.
The analysis also highlights the benefits of an investment in a further 22 hectares of port range appropriate for offshore wind platform fabrication.
Scottish projects set up between today & 2027 may produce a total lifetime pay out of £18.8 billion, which will result in an average yearly total of 1,900 direct jobs, as claimed by the report.
It furthermore evaluates the approaching ScotWind leasing round may create 5,000 jobs each year.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald stated: “Scotland will be one of the 1st countries in the world looking to deliver floating offshore wind at scale. If Scottish companies are involved in this 1st generation of floating offshore wind projects, then they will be in a position to sell this expertise around the world.”
Net Zero & Energy Secretary Michael Matheson announced: “The offshore wind sector has a vital role to play in decarbonising our energy system & ensuring we become a net zero economy by 2045.”
Floating offshore wind port may bring £1.5bn to Scotland