Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Gibson calls for port support

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP has urged HIE to make Scrabster and Wick, Nigg and Buckie strategic locations for windfarm production and maintenance.

Mr Gibson was speaking ahead of a list of sites which are to be published on Thursday.

Those that are designated as key locations for offshore wind suppliers should see a £15 billion benefit in the next ten years from spending on offshore wind turbines.

The locations identified are viewed as the best sites to act as installation, manufacture and maintenance hubs to enable developers to source offshore wind components from Scottish- based suppliers

Mr Gibson said…

"With the mass developments planned for the Moray Firth which will stretch from Caithness to Banffshire then it makes perfect sense to have a string of ports close by. It is important that the turbines can be serviced and created close to where they are."

"Nigg has already proved it's worth by launching the two tester turbines for the Beatrice oil field in the future there are going to be many more turbines so it is important that we have ports capable of supporting them. Installation and maintenance needs Scrabster and Wick in the North and Buckie in the South.

"HIE has to push to make sure that this becomes a reality. It will make sure that the developments in the Moray Firth work to their maximum capabilities and will also deliver major economic benefits along the way."

"The green energy revolution will revolutionise the economies of remote and rural communities. Developments such as offshore windfarms in the Moray Firth will complement the wave and tidal potential in the Pentland Firth. It will change the face of the North of Scotland so it is up to HIE and Scottish Enterprise to make sure that they back up that future now by promoting port services across the country."


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