Offshore wind projects in Scottish waters represent some of the largest engineering and infrastrure projects in Scotland. Scottish ports will have a major role to play in ensuring that the Scottish Government's 11GW target will be reached by 2030 and will have a continuing role in the development of the current ScotWind leasing round which is expected to achieve up to a further 10GW of capacity.
In an effort to understand current and future port capacity Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Crown Estate Scotland commissioned a report by Ironside Farrrar to help form a picture of what can be achieved today but, more importantly, where there was opportunity to expand existing capacity to meet new demand. This report, being made available today, has been complied with input from all 16 of the ports concerned and is therefore a good yardstick for the Scottish port capacity for laydown and assembly which factors in each individual ports ambition on expanding their sites to handle future opportunities as the pipeline of projects come forward.
Ports covered in the report have been grouped by geography and include:
North East - Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, Montrose and Peterhead
Cromarty - Cromarty Firth, Nigg and Ardersier
Orkney and Caithness - Orkney and Scrabster
Shetland - Lerwick and Sullom Voe
Forth & Tay - Dundee and Leith
North West - Kishorn and Stornoway
Clyde - Campbeltown and Hunterston
The report is available to download to download using this link
Port enhancements for offshore wind report
A further ports report, which has also been released today by Scottish Enterprise, will take a similar look at port investment models for offshore wind. This report sets out a range of different models that have and could be used to facilitate private capital to invest in port infrastructure.
A copy of this report can also be downloaded using the following link