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£40 million to be invested in Port of Dundee

2 December 2019

Fife manufacturing firm BiFab and the Port of Dundee are the big winners as EDF Renewables today announced construction has started on its £2 billion wind farm.

All of the Neart Na Gaoithe’s 54 turbines will be assembled at the Port of Dundee.

Meanwhile, BiFab will build “at least” eight foundation jackets – used to anchor the turbines to the seabed.

Dundee City Council leader John Alexander hailed the announcement as an “incredible vote of confidence” for the city.

He said: “In partnership with Forth Ports and private sector partners, we have been actively promoting the skilled workforce, facilities and opportunity that exists at the Port of Dundee.

“It’s an incredible vote of confidence for Dundee but, importantly, the relationship with the NNG team, EDF and Siemens Gamesa will be a source of strength long into the future.

“As leader of the city, I cannot overestimate the importance of this announcement.”

 

Construction of components is now under way. Offshore construction will start in June 2020 and full commissioning will complete in 2023.

EDF Renewables also announcing some of the project’s Tier One contractors. The wind turbine generators will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy with the foundations for the turbines supplied and installed by Saipem.

 

Charles Hammond, group chief executive of Forth Ports, which operates the Port of Dundee, said: “This major development will bring significant benefits to not only the City of Dundee and the port but the whole of Scotland.

“Continued investment in our facilities, skills and infrastructure along with our £10m industry-leading heavy lift quayside means the Port of Dundee is well placed to deliver this prestigious offshore wind infrastructure project.”

Project servicing and maintenance will take place at the Scottish NnG Operations and Maintenance base where there will be 50 permanent jobs over the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

Scottish Government’s finance secretary Derek Mackay added: “This is positive news for the Port of Dundee, Eyemouth Harbour and BiFab in Fife, which are set to benefit from the associated jobs and investment in the local community, demonstrating the strengths and potential of our indigenous supply chain.

“The Scottish Government is actively encouraging developers to explore every possible option to help the Scottish supply chain in the development of future offshore wind projects.

“While we believe that much more is possible from across the whole sector, today’s announcement is another welcome step in the right direction.”