The UK offshore wind industry can open new job opportunities in east coast ports and strengthen the country’s economy, states BVG Associates' report.
The new report has revealed the east coast ports between East Anglia and Scotland are able to support the development of several offshore wind projects to be constructed in the North Sea over the coming decades.
Development of these new projects will both boost economic activity in some of the most economically deprived regions of the UK and support the establishment of more supply chain companies across the country. This will help serve further projects in UK waters and help export goods across the globe.
The secretary of state for business, energy, and industrial strategy Greg Clark said: “The UK is the world leader in offshore wind and it’s important we make the most of the many jobs and business opportunities that arise from this growing industry.
“We’re making £730m available for renewable electricity generation this parliament, sending a clear signal that the UK is open for business as we build a strong supply chain here.”
The strategic review has been led by Dong Energy's offshore wind industry council co-chair Benj Sykes, while eight other offshore wind developers of the UK have also participated.
Benj Sykes said: “This review brought together a jointly-led industry and government team to look at some of the fundamental issues, which need to be addressed if we are to maximise the benefits of offshore wind development on the east coast of Britain.”
According to the findings, investments made by east coast port owners are expected to reduce the cost of offshore wind projects. The report also reccommends the Offshore Wind Programme Board should coordinate a regional programme of work to assess the ability of ports in Scotland, East Anglia, and the North of England to meet future demand for offshore windfarm staging work.
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