The EDF group has announced having begun construction work on the Scottish Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore windfarm project and the new partnership with ESB—leading Irish electricity company—that is taking half the stake in the project. Reportedly, 25 financial establishments are pouring in investment to finance the wind farm that will play invaluable role in curbing carbon efficiency and supplying adequate low carbon electricity to approximately 375,000 homes.
With low carbon energy capacity pegging at c. 450 megawatts (MW), NnG is likely to offset more than 400,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. While June 2020 will mark the construction of offshore, full commissioning is set to be perfected in 2023.
Fourth Ports’ Group Chief Executive Charles Hammond was exalted and ‘looked forward to joining hands’ with Siemens Gamesa and EDF Renewables on key development which are in the pipeline. Hammond further commented that Scotland, at large would reap rewards from the audacious and much-anticipated renewable energy project. Hammond was quoted saying that the Port of Dundee was in a comfortable position to complete the highly anticipated offshore wind infrastructure project in the wake of relentless investment in the facilities, infrastructure, skills, as well as the £10 mn industry-leading heavy lift quayside.
Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council, appeared to be on the same page with Charles Hammond. Alexander said he was grateful for the tie up with private sector partners and Forth Ports and spoke in the same vein of Hammond pertaining to factors such as facilities, skilled workforce and prevailing opportunities at the Port of Dundee. Leader of the Dundee City Council affirmed that there will be no looking back in strong relationship with stalwarts—the NNG team, Siemens Gamesa, and EDF.
EDF Renewables has propelled its Edinburg team to more than 100 people, up from 44 people in the capital city of Scotland— Atria One building. Apparently, the Port of Dundee will be the point of assembling of 54 turbines, prior to being sailed to the site.