Categories: Environment and Renewables, Forth Ports, Leith, NewsPublished On: 26.05.2021262 words1.4 min read

Forth Ports £40m renewables hub in Leith will help Scotland meet net zero

Forth Ports group chief executive Charles Hammond said the project would regenerate jobs for Leith, Edinburgh and Scotland.

SCOTLAND’S biggest ports operator has announced plans to create a £40 million renewable energy hub at Leith in Edinburgh that is the size of around 100 football pitches.

Forth Ports said the proposed 175 acre development would help Edinburgh and Scotland recover from Covid-19 and meet carbon emissions targets, as well as supporting up to 3,000 jobs.

Central to the project is a new riverside marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels.

Behind this, 140 acres of land will be opened up for renewables manufacturers and other businesses in the Scottish supply chain.

“That’s a much bigger or opportunity to regenerate jobs for the Leith area, for Edinburgh and for wider Scotland,” Forth Ports group chief executive Charles Hammond said.

Its proximity to the North Sea and the natural deep waters of the Firth of Forth made Leith an “ideal location” to support planned and future offshore wind projects, Mr Hammond said.

Wind farms already being developed include Neart na Gaoithe off the Fife coast, a £1.8 billion project led by EDF Renewables UK, and Inch Cape off the Angus coast, which will have up to 72 turbines and power up to one million homes. Also off the Angus Coast is Seagreen, a £3bn offshore wind farm development owned by SSE Renewables and expected to power more than 1.6m homes . .

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