Neart na Gaoithe to host Scottish supply chain events in March

EDF Renewables and ESB, joint owners of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm, today announces a series of supply chain events to showcase how more Scottish companies can help support the successful delivery of the £1.8 billion project.

The events will be held in Aberdeen, Dundee, East Lothian and Fife in the first week of March 2020.

NnG’s project team and its Tier 1 contractors will attend each event to give a comprehensive overview of the scope of work to be delivered throughout the project’s construction and highlight potential opportunities available to the local supply chain.

EDF Renewables is an active member the Offshore Wind Industry Council and played a key role in the formation of Forth and Tay Offshore, which was established to support and advise companies on Scotland’s east coast about opportunities arising from the growth of offshore wind.

All 54 of NnG’s turbines will be assembled at the Port of Dundee and the Scottish engineering firm BiFab will manufacture a number of the foundation jackets.

Eyemouth Harbour has been named preferred bidder for NnG’s Operations and Maintenance base which could create 50 permanent jobs over the 25-year lifetime of the wind farm.

Construction of NnG is now under way following EDF Renewables reaching financial close in December last year. NnG has a capacity of c.450 megawatts (MW) of low carbon energy and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Matthias Haag, NnG Project Director, said: “NnG is a fantastic project for Scotland and we are confident that the Scottish supply chain can play a big part in supporting EDF Renewables and our Tier 1 contractors in delivering this project successfully.

“We want to maximise the local supply chain and employment opportunities as much as we can and that is why we are hosting these supply chain events in March as it will allow our Tier 1 contractors to give the supply chain a detailed insight of the project.

“We would really appreciate hearing from any local businesses who are interested in NnG and who feel they have something to offer the project. I would encourage as many businesses as possible to come along to these supply chain events in March.”

The NnG supply chain events will be held on the following dates:

East Lothian: Monday 2nd March

Fife: Tuesday 3rd March

Dundee: Wednesday 4th March

Aberdeen: Thursday 5th March

All venues TBC.