Global Energy Group has secured a multi-million pound contact with Siemens for the use of Nigg Energy Park during the construction of the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm. Work is scheduled to commence in the spring of 2018 and is expected to create more than 100 direct and indirect jobs, along with related supply chain opportunities as part of the £2.6billion Beatrice offshore windfarm project.
Scotland's Business, Innovation and Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland; an opportunity to build up new industries and to deliver on Scotland's ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets for 2020 and beyond.
"I am delighted that this multi-million pound contract between Global Energy Group and Siemens will enable Nigg Energy Park to develop into a genuine multi-energy site, securing around 100 direct and indirect jobs and associated supply chain opportunities. This contract arising from installation of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm will provide a very welcome boost to the local economy in Ross-shire and the wider Highland Council area.
"The contract, furthermore, is an important milestone for the Port of Nigg, which has received more than £45 million in investment since 2011 and is now well on its way to being recognised as one of Scotland’s key energy ports.
“The Scottish Government is developing a new, overarching Energy Strategy for Scotland, which means developing a ‘whole systems approach'. This approach will consider Scotland’s energy supply and consumption as equal priorities, and we will build a genuinely integrated approach to power, transport and heat.
"Our Strategy will make clear the Scottish Government's strong commitment to the successful and sustainable development of Scotland's offshore wind sector."
Global Energy Group Chairman, Roy MacGregor commented:
“We have been working hard and invested huge amounts of money in developing Nigg Energy Park as a multi energy site. I am pleased our hard work is beginning to come to fruition and would like to thank these new partners for having the confidence in us to support this massive project over the coming years. Our hope is this new business relationship between us will lead to the support and development of other offshore wind farms, utilising Nigg’s extensive tailor made facilities and supporting capability. We truly hope this will be a long and successful business relationship. A lot of work has gone in by many people to take this work to Nigg and I do see this project, along with our ongoing work with Atlantis Resources on the wave and tidal turbines, and the suction anchors for Statoil’s Hywind project as being a major step in showing everyone that Nigg Energy Park and the Port of Nigg is a world class facility. It has the dry dock, deepwater quayside and berthing areas, along with the marine support capability and facilities to support our client’s requirements at many different levels.
We very much look forward to working with Siemens to ensure the safe and professional delivery of this ground breaking offshore wind development which will see 84 Siemens 7MW turbines deployed, generating up to 588MW of power. I do believe this is only the start of what will be exciting times for offshore renewable energy in this country and I am happy and proud we will start to see the real benefits of our investment of over £45 million since our purchase of Nigg in October 2011.
I see this announcement as opening up Nigg as Scotland’s first major renewables hub and look forward to supporting the development and construction of other future wind farms throughout Scotland. I am sure we will see the considerable benefits to the local and wider economy will come through in jobs and supply chain opportunities over the coming years.”