Offshore windfarm set to provide up to 50 jobs in Eyemouth
Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Limited and Eyemouth Harbour Trust (EHT) have signed a lease which sees Eyemouth Harbour confirmed as the project’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the project’s 25-year lifespan.
Construction of NnG’s three-storey, 1,040 square metre main O&M building and its two storey, 538 square metre storage warehouse in the coastal town, will begin in March.
The O&M building, designed by Corstorphine + Wright Architects, will house the office, warehouse and staff welfare facilities required to support the servicing of NnG, which is currently under construction, once the wind farm is fully operational in 2023.
It’s claimed it will bring an economic boost to the area, providing up to 50 permanent jobs, as well as other training, retraining and apprenticeship opportunities.
Once up and running, it’s believed the wind farm will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes and will offset over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
Matthias Haag, NnG project director, said: “Today is a significant milestone for NnG and signals a truly green light for our new home in Eyemouth.
“Eyemouth is the perfect location for our O&M base and it’s testament to all the hard work of the NnG project team and the Eyemouth Harbour Trust that we have signed the lease for the building and can now start construction on site.”
Christine Bell, Eyemouth Harbour Trust business manager, added: “Today’s announcement marks an exciting development that is enthusiastically welcomed by Eyemouth Harbour Trust. It’s a real game-changer for the harbour and the town.”
Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for Economic Regeneration and Finance, said: “I am delighted that after a huge amount of effort from the trust over a number of years, this outstanding opportunity for Eyemouth and the wider Berwickshire area has been secured.
“The investment this will bring is genuinely transformational, and combined with the range of other regeneration work that the council is supporting, and public and private sector investment in the town, is a huge boost to the community.
“I am proud that the Council has worked so closely with Eyemouth Harbour Trust to provide support, advice and investment to enable this exciting opportunity to be seized. It is an outstanding example of just how we are able to work hand-in-hand with a forward thinking and ambitious local organisation to bring about positive change to a town. These are exciting times for Eyemouth and its harbour.”