Key Sectors

Offshore Wind


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. 

According to the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, 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
  • increasing exports fivefold to £2.6 billion by 2030
  • investing £250 million to support productivity and increase competitiveness of UK supply chain

As part of the Tay Cities Deal, Angus aims to achieve green and inclusive growth to contribute towards these targets.

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: 

  • East coast of Scotland’s Local Authorities 
  • Energy developers in the region
  • Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Engineering
  • Regional ports

Angus Council is leading the supply chain development activity on behalf of the Cluster. 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.

Forth and Tay Offshore
Offshore Wind Cluster

Major Offshore Projects

A £3bn joint venture between TotalEnergies (51%) and SSE Renewables (49%), Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest and deepest offshore wind farm when complete.

The 1,075MW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project is located 27km off the coast of Angus in the North Sea firth. 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.

Seagreen will provide enough green energy to power more than 1.6 million homes, equivalent to two-thirds of all Scottish homes.

Seagreen will displace over 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from electricity generated by fossil fuels every year – similar to removing more than a third of all of Scotland’s annual car emissions and making a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition by 2045.

In September 2019, 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.

Key project statistics

  • Development area is approximately 400km2
  • Total distance offshore is approximately 27km
  • 114 offshore wind farm turbines will be assembled
  • Total capacity is 1,075MW
  • The wind farm will power around 1.6 million homes
  • Lifetime expected expenditure is £5.7bn
  • Approximately 400 construction jobs and up to 60 operational roles based at operational base at Montrose Port.

Learn more about Scotland’s largest wind farm; the Seagreen Project

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.

Construction on the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) started onshore in November 2019. Full commissioning will complete in 2023. NnG is owned by EDF Renewables.

Capacity

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.

Assembly

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). 

Contractors

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 

Located 15km off the Angus Coast in the East of Scotland, The Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm, currently in late stage development, will see up to 72 turbines. The wind farm covers an area of approximately 150 km2.

Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL) is a proposed offshore wind farm located in the North Sea around 15 km off the Angus coastline. Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm is owned by Inch Cape Offshore Limited, an equal joint venture between- Edinburgh based renewable and sustainable energy company, Red Rock Power Limited and Ireland’s leading energry company, ESB

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. 

If you are interested in being considered, please email InchCapefisheries@sff.co.uk or inchcapewind@redrockpower.co.uk to register your interest.

ScotWind is the first round of Offshore Wind Leasing in Scottish waters for a decade. It is 10 GW of new generating capacity that will be built over the next decade. Scotwind Leasing has the potential to deliver enough green electricity to power every home in Scotland and help the country take a major stride towards net zero. It is also set to deliver major investment into Scotland’s economy.

ScotWind offers significant opportunities for established and potential offshore wind supply chain businesses including construction, fabrication, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning. This will create a great number of green jobs across the supply chain.

ScotWind leasing round has now closed. Crown Estate Scotland has received 74 ScotWind bids from developers looking for the rights to build projects across the 15 areas of seabed available for development. Crown Estate Scotland has now begun assessing each application against the criteria laid out to applicants. The successful application is expected to be announced in January 2022.

Learn more about ScotWind

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