Energy giant SSE, Port of Dundee owner Forth Ports, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council have joined forces under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to secure Dundee’s position as a vibrant hub for Scotland’s rapidly developing offshore renewables sector.
Representatives of the four organisations discussed their plans with First Minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh.
SSE, one of the UK’s leading developers of offshore renewable energy, has identified Dundee as a key strategic location for the development of its offshore wind supply chain.
Recognised as a key asset in Scotland’s National Renewable Infrastructure Plan, the Port of Dundee and the wider City of Dundee have a fundamental role to play in the future development of a comprehensive supply chain to support Scotland’s emerging offshore wind industry.
Initially work will be funded by the National Renewable Infrastructure Fund, which will capitalise on the Port’s strategic location and competitive advantage by maximising the use of existing space and providing a solid foundation for future investment and expansion.
Scottish Enterprise estimates that as the offshore wind sector develops in the coming years, the Port of Dundee has the potential to support in the region of 700 jobs in offshore wind manufacturing, with further major opportunities for off-port supply chain development in the Dundee area.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Our low carbon energy industry is already bringing together a range of enterprises – from major Scottish-based utilities such as SSE, home-grown clean-tech developers and traditional offshore companies expanding their renewables business, to global engineering giants and other European power providers investing in clean energy in Scottish waters.
The work that follows the signing of the MoU will not only ensure that the port is used most effectively, but will ensure that the public and private sector work together to re-energise the city more widely, through associated infrastructural improvements and economic benefits.”