We have committed to supporting the development of the Offshore Wind sector. The Tay Cities Deal aims to achieve green and inclusive growth. This supports the UK Industry Strategy target of providing 30% of UK power needs from Offshore Wind by 2030.
This sector has a tremendous potential to bring significant business opportunities to companies in our area and we want to ensure that they are able to capitalise on them.
Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster
Angus Council collaboratively work with other Local Authorities in Tayside, a number of developers and Scottish Enterprise to set up a Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster. Angus Council is leading the supply chain development in order 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 cluster.
Major Offshore Projects
Scotland’s largest wind farm, Seagreen Alpha and Seagreen Bravo, owned by SSE and located around 25km off the Angus coastline covering an area of around 2,850Km2 in the outer Firth of Forth has been recently successful in securing a 15-year contract for 454MW at a strike price of £41.61/MWh in auction delivery year 2024/25. The Contract for Difference (CfD) represents 42% of the total project capacity with plans in place for a large part of the pipeline that will carry energy which will potentially land at Carnoustie and be connected to the grid at Tealing. This is expected to contribute over £1bn to the Scottish economy. Some key project statistics are:
- Phase one development area is approximately 400 km2
- Total distance offshore is approximately 27 km
- Phase 1 potential capacity is up to 1.5 GW
- Number of homes are expected to be powered is around 1 million
- Lifetime expected expenditure is £5.7 bn
- Potential operational jobs are up to 410 annually across UK
EDF Renewables’ Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm is under way, offshore construction will start in June 2020 and full commissioning will complete in 2023. It 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. 450 megawatts (MW) 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 is announcing some of the project’s Tier One contractors.
The project will bring a further boost to the offshore wind industry in Scotland, NnG 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.
To find out more, please visit: https://nngoffshorewind.com/
Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL)’s, owned by Red Rock Power, proposed offshore wind farm is located in the North Sea around 15 km off the Angus coastline. The site covers an area of approximately 150 km2 and will consist of turbines supported by fixed foundations and substructures. The project connects to the grid at the former Cockenzie Coal Power station in East Lothian. The project is currently under development and is expected to enter construction in 2020.
To find out more, please visit: www.inchcapewind.com
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 whilst providing economic opportunities for our area.
ICOL wish to work with fishing communities to enable the co-existence of fishing activities and operation of the Inch Cape Offshore wind farm. ICOL have an ambition to identify and train fishermen to perform the Offshore Fisheries Liaison Officer (OFLO) and Fishing Industry Representatives (FIRs) roles on the project in order to work on the project on a part time/adhoc 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. If you are interested in being considered please email InchCapefisheries@sff.co.uk or email@example.com to register your interes