Last month, a number of Scottish energy businesses came together to form the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm Coalition* to highlight the opportunities the NnG offshore wind farm will bring to Fife, east-central Scotland and Scotland as a whole.
The trigger for the creation of the coalition was the decision of the Scottish Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to appeal to the UK Supreme Court in London against the planning consent for the £2bn wind farm initially granted by the Scottish Energy Minister.
The wind farm – which is ready to go into construction in 2018 – will be the only significant infrastructure project to go into development in Scotland next year following the opening of the Queensferry Crossing across the Forth.
An independent study of the Neart offshore wind farm carried out by Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde University showed that the project would provide the following economic benefits for Scotland:
- Impact on Scottish GDP (in 2016 terms) is equivalent to 0.6% of the country’s onshore GDP, or £827 million over the lifetime of the project.
- Some £382 million of additional activity will be generated in Scotland’s construction industries with a further £440 million in the services sector.
- 8,000 man-years of employment will be supported by NnG during construction of the project – equating to 2,000 Scottish jobs for every year of its four-year construction.
Now the 43-member coalition – comprising a number of Scottish energy supply-chain companies – has launched a series of public meetings and consultations in communities along the coasts of Fife, Tayside and East Lothian, as follows:
- Monday 25 September 2017: North Berwick Community Centre, 8 Law Road, North Berwick EH39 4PN
- Tuesday 26 September 2017: Bleachingfield Centre, Countess Crescent, Dunbar EH42 1DX
- Wednesday 27 September 2017: Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Links Parade, Carnoustie DD7 7JE
- Thursday 28 September 2017: Crail Community Hall, St Andrews Road, Crail KY10 3UH
- Wednesday 4 October 2017: St Andrews Town Hall, Queens Gardens, St. Andrews KY16 9TA
The Gaelic name ‘Neart na Gaoithe’ means ‘the heart of the wind’ in English.
13 Sept 2017