First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond renewed the government’s pledge to drive forward renewables in the country as he met representatives of Moray Offshore Renewables, a joint venture between EDP Renewables and Repsol.
Moray was set up to deliver offshore wind projects in the Outer Moray Firth and has plans for developments with a total capacity of 1.5GW. Salmond discussed the proposals with engineers on board a survey ship owned by Gardline, the Inero. Gardline has been contracted to undertake geophysical and geotechnical investigations in the Moray Firth.
Salmond said, ‘This project is among eight developments in Scottish waters that, together, will deliver up to 10GW of clean energy from offshore wind and help ensure we meet our 2020 target to generate the equivalent of 100 per cent of our electricity demand from renewables. Together, these offshore wind projects could generate investment value of as much as £30bn, and businesses and communities across Scotland are well-placed to secure substantial benefits from that, as well as from exporting expertise for projects further afield.’
He added, ‘The Scottish government will continue to work with public and private sector partners to support key clean energy developments such as the Moray Firth offshore wind project – to support jobs and the reindustrialisation of Scotland’s communities while lowering carbon emissions and so helping protect the planet for future generations.’
In June, the Scottish government released a renewables roadmap outlining a plan to generate 100 per cent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Some experts have argued that significant planning changed will need to be made in order for the target to be met.
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