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Webinar focuses on ScotWind opportunities for businesses in the Outer Hebrides

Published: 18/01/2022

Potential energy supply chain companies in the Outer Hebrides are invited to join a webinar next week (27 January), hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Beatrice offshore windfarm - credit Gillian Frampton

Businesses can find out more about the opportunities available following the announcement of the ScotWind 1 offshore wind leasing announcement by Crown Estate Scotland yesterday (17 January).

The first Scottish offshore wind leasing round in a decade is an important step towards building the next generation of offshore wind projects.

25GW of new developments are planned in Scotland, three of which will be in waters off the coast of the Outer Hebrides. HIE says the announcement heralds in an exciting new era of major expansion for the sector in the region. 

Northland Power have been awarded Option Agreements for areas N2 (north-east of the Butt of Lewis) and N4 (west of Lewis). Magnora Offshore (partnering with Technip FMC), have been awarded an Option Agreement for area N3, north-west of the Butt of Lewis. Between them, the two developers hold the potential to generate over 2.8GW of renewable energy to support the UK’s drive towards Net Zero.

The webinar will be available at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6273130971213766155

Webinar ID 784-944-307 on Thursday 27 January 14:30-15:30.

Paul O’ Brien, senior development manager (energy and inward investment) at HIE, said:

“We would encourage any business or potential supply partner in the islands to attend the webinar next week for a chance to find out more about the huge opportunities following this announcement.

“Its great news for the Highlands and Islands and has the added potential for Scotland to become an exporter of offshore wind technology beyond 2030 and is expected to lead to the creation of many new jobs.”

More info on the ScotWind announcement is at https://bit.ly/3KiF8zr

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