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Offshore wind summit will discuss ways to maximise economic benefits

Thu 11 Apr 2019 by David Foxwell

Offshore wind summit will discuss ways to maximise economic benefits
Derek Mackay: “we are committed to maximising the sector in Scotland but we cannot do it alone”

The Scottish and UK Governments are to host a summit meeting in Edinburgh to look at how UK companies can benefit more from the build-out of offshore windfarms in UK waters. The meeting will take place on 2 May.

Trade unions, offshore wind developers, supply chain companies and government will come together to look at maximising the offshore wind sector.

Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay will co-host the summit with UK energy minister Claire Perry.

Mr Mackay said, “Scotland has all the natural resources required to make it an ideal location for offshore wind but we need to ensure our economy is not missing out from key contracts going overseas. We are committed to maximising the sector in Scotland but we cannot do it alone – we need the whole industry to work together.

“The summit will allow us to talk directly with the key developers and suppliers to establish what more we can do to help. The Scottish Government will be examining the consent process to ensure we use the powers at our disposal to keep work on these shores. And I hope to hear more from the developers and suppliers on what they plan to do to help grow our renewables economy.”

Summit invitees include Boskalis, DEME GeoSea, EDF Renewables, Eon, Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, GMB, innogy, Jan De Nul, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Moray East Renewables, Ørsted, RWE, Scottish Power, SDIC Red Rock Power Ltd, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Siemens Gamesa, SSE, Unite the Union, Van Oord and Vattenfall.

 

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