Stronger UK offshore wind industry

Borders MP Michael Moore has described the UK Government’s multi-million pound strategy for offshore wind as ‘good news for Berwickshire’.

The plan is to strengthen the UK’s position in the offshore wind industry, with more British companies being involved in manufacturing and servicing offshore wind farms which could unlock £7 billion in the economy by 2020 and create 30,000 jobs.

In Berwickshire, Mr Moore has been working with the Eyemouth Harbour Trust and other local businesses to tap into the opportunities presented by the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind development in the Firth of Forth. The certainty and security provided by the strategy should boost this project and could see other projects develop in the future, providing local businesses with further opportunities in operations and maintenance and the supply chain.

One Eyemouth based company, Coastal Marine Boatbuilders, has already won a major contract to supply support vessels for the offshore windfarm industry.

Mr Moore said: “Scotland has huge strength already in the offshore wind industry and here in Berwickshire, I’ve been working with Eyemouth Harbour Trust, local businesses and other stakeholders to ensure that our local economy benefits from the opportunities it brings.

“This strategy will provide a boost to the Neart Na Gaoithe project and will be vital for attracting investment for new projects in Scotland.

“I will continue to work with local groups here in Berwickshire to ensure we benefit, wherever possible, from any new developments or opportunities in the supply chain provided by this investment. I want to see more jobs and a stronger economy for local people.”