Supply Chain Development Statement Outlooks Published

28/04/22 | Reaction
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The Crown Estate Scotland has published (April 27) the Scotwind Supply Chain Development Statement Outlooks. The outlooks show initial commitments from the successful applicants in the recent ScotWind Leasing round.  

Yesterday’s publication of the ScotWind Supply Chain Development Statement (SCDS) Outlooks, highlights the Offshore Wind industry’s commitment to the supply chain with an average spend of £1.5bn across each of the 17 projects.

With ScotWind looking to bring forward nearly 25GW of offshore wind “the ambitious commitments outlined in the Supply Chain Development Statement Outlooks showcase that the offshore wind industry presents Scotland with the greatest industrial opportunity the country has ever seen”, Scottish Renewables’ Director of Policy Morag Watson has said.

Scottish Renewables Director of Policy Morag Watson continued:

“Already employing over 4,700 people, today’s publication shows the scale of the potential investment that the industry is driving for Scotland’s supply chain. Providing opportunities for local suppliers to grow and creating thousands more green jobs in addition to being one of the cheapest sources of electricity. The outlooks cover the full project lifecycle with prospects for suppliers at all stages of project development considered – this means benefit to a diverse range of suppliers from legal services to fabricators and testing and inspection companies.

“There are many challenges to overcome, including grid capacity, speed of consenting and skills development, if the commitments are to be delivered upon. The supply chain also faces capacity challenges in response to the scale of development. There is a long journey ahead to prepare the Scottish supplier network to deliver our energy transition and just transition goals.

“Collaboration across the ScotWind projects and between industry, The Scottish Government and the Scottish supply chain will be needed. Scottish Renewables welcomes the commitments of the SCDS Outlooks and the ambitions of the Scotwind project developers to maximize the economic benefits of these projects but to develop a world-class offshore wind supply chain work must start now using near-term projects as a springboard to growth.”