Forth Ports has revealed plans to invest GBP 40 million (around EUR 46 million) in creating Scotland’s offshore wind hub on a 175-acre site at the Port of Leith.
According to Forth Ports, the investment would see the creation of a bespoke, riverside marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels.
The hub would feature a heavy lift capability of up to 100 tonnes per square metre, logistics and marshalling site located on 35 acres of adjacent land, and a 140-acre that will accommodate lay down, assembly, supply chain, and manufacturing activities.
“This is a pump-priming investment in logistics and marine infrastructure at the Port of Leith as we harness Scotland’s natural resources for future generations and has the potential to play a significant part in our forthcoming Firth of Forth Green Port bid”, said Charles Hammond OBE, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports.
The Scottish government increased its 2030 offshore wind target from 8 GW to 11 GW last year. The Crown Estate Scotland has already started the ScotWind leasing process, with the deadline for applications from developers set for 16 July.
Several developers have announced their participation in the leasing, including those with plans for building floating wind farms.