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Ocean Winds highlights the supply chain and employment impact from its Moray Firth projects


By Kyle Ritchie

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Ocean Winds has published its report on supply chain and employment impact from its Scottish Moray Firth projects at a launch event in the north-east.

The report identifies the value creation from the now operational Moray East offshore wind farm, the Moray West project that is in the final phases of construction activity and the early commitment to supply chain and skills from the Caledonia project.

These projects, all based in the Moray Firth, total more than 4GW and represent a significant contribution to the UK’s renewable energy targets.

Ocean Winds has published its report on supply chain and employment impact from its Scottish Moray Firth projects.
Ocean Winds has published its report on supply chain and employment impact from its Scottish Moray Firth projects.

Ocean Winds’ UK portfolio also includes the Arven project east of Shetland, a partnership with Mainstream Renewable Power, which is in early development stages.

Independent analysis detailed in the report has provided an accurate picture of the socio-economic benefits of the projects.

This modelling work, carried out by BVG Associates, concludes that development and construction of both Moray East and Moray West created more than 8000 full-time employment (FTE) years and contributed over £700 million in GVA to the UK economy.

Additionally, forecasts suggest that over its lifetime, the Moray West wind farm will directly contribute £800 million of expenditure within the Scottish economy.

During the development and construction phases of Moray West more than 1500 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) years of employment will have been created in Scotland.

The launch event featured several Scottish based suppliers that are included as some of the 19 case studies in the report.

All have benefitted from contracts to supply the Ocean Winds projects in Scotland, supporting their growth in the offshore wind sector.

Adam Morrison, the UK country manager for Ocean Winds, said: “We have been developing projects in Scotland since 2010 and have developed productive relationships with UK, Scottish and regional supply chain companies across that time.

“As an experienced and trusted developer, we are delighted to showcase some of the many supply chain success stories that we have helped to create across the UK.

“From the large investments in foundations fabrication and leading-edge blade production in the UK, to sourcing from local SMEs we have leaned into the aims of local sourcing where possible.

“Those business have made a significant contribution to the successful execution of our projects to date.

“With our continually developing understanding of the richness of the local supply chains we are working hard to ensure that local supply chains benefit from our strong pipeline of development projects.”

Visit Ocean Winds Supply Chain Impact Report to read the full report.


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