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Offshore Wind Summit Commits To Way Forward

2nd May 2019

Proposals to ensure contracts stay in Scotland.

Trades unions, offshore wind developers and supply chain companies have agreed to take urgent action to ensure more Scottish companies benefit from the awarding of contracts for offshore wind projects.

At a summit held by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, the industry representatives agreed that collective action was needed to ensure supply chain companies are well positioned to benefit from upcoming offshore wind projects.

The industry has been asked to consider urgent action for achieving the ambitious local content targets agreed to as part of the UK Government's Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

As a result of the summit, the Scottish Government has promised to explore:

the options open for attaching supply chain conditions and incentives to Crown Estate Scotland leases

ways in which the Scottish Parliament reviews and approves decommissioning plans

In addition, representatives from the offshore wind sector committed to undertaking a strategic capability assessment of fabrication in the UK and to identify the areas with the highest potential for growth.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay set out work underway to improve the competitiveness of the Scottish supply chain.

Delegates will meet again later this year to review progress.

Speaking after the summit, Mr Mackay said:"Scotland has all the natural resources to make it an ideal location for offshore wind, but recent projects have failed to deliver significant economic opportunities for Scottish businesses.

“I will continue to champion the strengths, and potential, of our indigenous supply chain. But now it is time for the offshore sector to do more by awarding contracts to our supply chain.

“I acknowledge that the supply chain must work hard to seek opportunities - making strategic investments and considering appropriate collaborations when tendering for contracts.

“The environmental benefits of our renewable sector are clear, but we must also ensure that we maximise the economic benefits that this sector can deliver for communities across Scotland. I am determined that we will use every lever at our disposal to ensure that our renewables supply chain benefits from the expansion of offshore wind in Scottish waters."

The Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council and Ørsted UK Country Manager for Offshore, Benj Sykes, said:“The offshore wind industry will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government, and indeed all governments, to ensure communities up and down the country reap the economic benefits offshore wind offers - creating thousands of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs and attracting billions of pounds in investment, especially in coastal areas.

“We have increased our ambitions for UK content and set a 2030 target of 60%. To support it, an independent supply chain review was undertaken earlier this year. The industry is working together to establish a new Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, of up to £100 million which will help UK supply chain companies to compete for multi-billion pound business opportunities in this thriving sector.”

Summit invitees include senior officials from Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), DEME GeoSea, EDF Renewables, E.ON, Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, GMB, Innogy, Jan De Nul, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Moray East Renewables, Orsted, RWE, Scottish Power, SDIC Red Rock Power Ltd, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Siemens Energy Distribution, SSE, Saipem, Unite the Union, Van Oord and Vattenfall.

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