The offshore wind sector has tremendous potential to bring significant opportunities to businesses in Angus. We are here to help you capitalise on these opportunities by supporting further development of the sector.
The UK has a target to provide 30% of the UK’s total power needs from offshore wind by 2030. Related targets for the UK include:
- 60% lifetime UK content in domestic projects
- increasing UK content in the capital expenditure phase
- increasing the representation of women in the offshore wind workforce to at least a third by 2030
As part of the Tay Cities Deal, Angus aims to achieve green and inclusive growth to contribute towards these targets.
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Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster
The Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster is one of two supply chain clusters in Scotland formed in light of the UK’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal between Government and the offshore wind industry.
The cluster was established to support and advise companies on Scotland’s East coast about the many business opportunities from the growth of offshore wind.
The cluster is a collaboration between Angus Council and other organisations, including:
- Local Authorities across Tayside
- Scottish Enterprise
- Key developers in the region
Angus Council is leading the supply chain development activity. We aim to accelerate and expand the growth of the offshore energy sector on the East coast of Scotland.
Learn more about the supply chain and the benefits for Angus businesses of being part of the Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster.
Major Offshore Projects
Together, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo form Scotland’s largest wind farm. SSE owns the Seagreen Wind Farm. It is located 27km off the Angus coastline, covering an area of around 2,850Km2 in the outer Firth of Forth.
This project is expected to contribute over £1bn to the Scottish economy.
SSE has succeeded in securing a 15-year contract for 454 megawatts (MW) at a strike price of £41.61/MWh at auction. The estimated delivery year is 2024-25.
The Contract for Difference (CfD) represents 42% of the total project capacity. Plans are in place for a large part of the pipeline carrying energy to potentially land at Carnoustie and connect to the grid at Tealing.
Key project statistics
- Phase one development area is approximately 400km2
- Total distance offshore is approximately 27km
- 114 offshore wind farm turbines will be assembled
- Phase 1 potential capacity is up to 1.5 gigawatts (GW)
- The wind farm will power around 1 million homes
- Lifetime expected expenditure is £5.7bn
- Potential operational jobs are up to 410 annually across the UK
Learn more about Scotland’s largest wind farm; the Seagreen Project
Construction on the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) will start in June 2020. Full commissioning will complete in 2023. NnG is owned by EDF Renewables.
The wind farm is located around 15.5km from the East Neuk of Fife. Electricity will be transferred via a 37km offshore cable to Thorntonloch Beach in East Lothian just south of Dunbar.
NnG has a capacity of c. 450MW of low carbon energy and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions each year. This will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes.
All of the project’s 54 offshore wind farm turbines will be assembled at the Port of Dundee before being sailed to the site. They will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE).
EDF Renewables has announced a number of the project’s Tier One contractors: Siemens Gamesa Renewable, Saipem, DEME Offshore, Fred, Olsen Windcarrier, GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions, and Prysmian Group.
The NnG project will bring a further boost to the offshore wind industry in Scotland. It is a £2bn capital project that will create thousands of Scottish jobs for every year of construction and make a £827m contribution to Scotland’s GDP over the lifetime of the project.
Find out more about NnG tier-1 contractors and their required services.
To find out more, please visit the NnG website
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) is a proposed offshore wind farm located in the North Sea around 15 km off the Angus coastline. ICOL is owned by Red Rock Power.
The wind farm covers an area of approximately 150 km2. The project is currently under development and is expected to enter construction in 2020.
The farm will consist of turbines supported by fixed foundations and substructures. It connects to the grid at the former Cockenzie Coal Power station in East Lothian.
Investment in Angus and the environment
The project represents an important investment in Scotland’s energy infrastructure and will open up massive opportunities for Angus. This will also make a significant contribution to addressing climate change and energy security while providing economic opportunities for our area.
To find out more, please visit the Inch Cape website
ICOL and Angus fishing communities
ICOL would like to work with fishing communities to enable the co-existence of fishing activities and operation of the Inch Cape Offshore wind farm.
ICOL aim to identify and train fishermen to perform the Offshore Fisheries Liaison Officer (OFLO) and Fishing Industry Representatives (FIRs) roles on the project to work on the project on a part-time or ad-hoc basis to form part of the fishing liaison team.
The FIRs are shore-based and assist in disseminating project information and assist in gathering information, views and feedback from the fishing community.
Fishermen and former fishermen in Angus area including Arbroath, Carnoustie and Montrose are invited to apply for FIRs.