The British Ports Association has welcomed the Government’s new Sector Deal for Offshore Windwhich will offer significant new opportunities for coastal regions and ports. The Sector Deal is part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and contains ambitious plans for 30% of UK electricity to be generated by from offshore wind by 2030. This will see a huge growth in offshore developments, much of which will be facilitated by UK ports.
The Sector Deal will ensure that over the next decade there will be a large expansion of offshore wind around the British coast and this could see offshore wind contributing up to 30GWof generating capacity. This could account for over £40bn of infrastructure spending in the next decade, much of which will be in the UK. It will create jobs for coastal regions all across the UK.
Welcoming the announcement the British Ports Association’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantynesaid:
“The offshore wind Sector Deal is great news for ports and coastal communities. This will provide jobs in areas all round the coast as ports provide a critical role in enabling offshore developments. In 2017 wind generated just 6.2% of the UK power needs and we welcome the ambitious new target of 30% by 2030. In particular we are pleased to see the long term commitment to increase UK content to 60%. This target will require an increased domestic role for developers and projects meaning that British ports will play a significant role in new projects.
Read the full article on the BPA website here