Crown Estate Scotland has confirmed that at the launch of its offshore
wind next leasing round (ScotWind Leasing), further information will be
released on supply chain commitments measures which have been put in place
by the Scottish Government.
ScotWind Leasing is planned to launch in Spring 2020. It will be the first
offshore wind leasing round in Scotland for a decade, and the first by
Crown Estate Scotland.
So far, the Crown Estate has revealed that as part of ScotWind Leasing,
developers are required to provide a Supply Chain Development Statement
laying out the anticipated level and location of supply chain impact from
each phase of their proposed project. These commitments will then be formally
incorporated in to each ScotWind agreement and updated throughout the project
development as plans become more defined.
The statement will be provided by developers alongside any initial application
for seabed rights and will be shared with public sector partners including
the Scottish Government and enterprise agencies. Crown Estate Scotland
stated that as these aspects will be part of the agreement process, there
will be contractual consequences if supply chain commitments are not delivered.
Colin Palmer, Director of Marine for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “Scotland
has a unique potential when it comes to offshore wind, and we are committed
to doing all we can to unlock that opportunity.
“As well as the environmental benefits of clean, green, energy, offshore
wind also offers a fantastic opportunity for economic development in communities
across Scotland. ScotWind Leasing will present Scotland as an attractive
destination for the significant investment needed to deliver the scale
of offshore wind projects we want to see.”
Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “The measures agreed with Crown
Estate Scotland will help to release more of those economic benefits for
the Scottish economy and ensure that the Scottish-based supply chain is
considered when tendering for work or making long-term conditions.”
The Crown Estate claims that the mechanism will provide increased openness
and transparency from the start of a project for developers, government
and enterprise agencies to help identify joint opportunities and develop
supply chain networks. It is also intended to provide developers with a
clear route to demonstrate their progress on the industry’s stated supply
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