Port of Leith announces investment to boost position in offshore renewables market
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Port of Leith reveals funding to boost offshore renewables market position

26 Nov 2020

Port of Leith in Scotland is strengthening its position in the offshore renewables market with a privately funded investment at the port.

Port of Leith reveals funding to boost offshore renewables market position
Port of Leith is owned by Forth Ports. Credit: Peter Devlin.

Port of Leith in Scotland is strengthening its position in the offshore renewables market with a privately funded investment at the port.

This seven-figure investment will see the port add 25ha of land linked to more than 3km of deep water quaysides to its 115ha.

Furthermore, with this investment, the skyline of the port will change, with the final stages of the demolition of the Imperial Grain Silo being finished.

The port stated that over the last few years, there has been a surge in activity with the energy transition to low carbon.

Demonstrating its agility, the port has responded to project needs ranging from utilising the deep water for the storage of offshore wind farm foundation jackets to major project work associated with the subsea elements of the development of offshore windfarms.

The port, which is owned by Forth Ports, has seen an increase in shipping and onshore economic activity this year.

The port claimed that it has played an important role in supporting EDF Renewables’ and ESB’s major offshore wind farm Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) at various stages of the project.

This significant project in Scotland will provide sufficient low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes and has a capacity of around 450MW of low-carbon energy, which will offset more than 400,000t of CO2 emissions annually.

Forth Ports senior port manager David Webster said: “This investment is another example of our commitment to bring large-scale renewables to Scotland. This will allow Leith to build on its current success, as well as complement the significant upgrades that are under way in our Dundee facility.

“The foundation logistics in Leith will be supported by the wind turbine hub in Dundee, we see this as the future to local content in Scotland that will drive employment.”

NnG project director Matthias Haag said: “It’s really exciting to see the Port of Leith making such a huge investment in offshore renewables, especially as it will play a key role in the successful delivery of NnG.

“Since the offshore construction of NnG started in August, the Port of Leith is already Marine Logistics Base for the pile casings. These casings will form part of the foundations on which the project’s 54 turbines and two substations will stand.

“We’ve always said we’re committed to using the Scottish supply chain as much as possible and we’re really pleased to be working with the Port of Leith.”

Forth Ports deputy port manager Kenny Williamson said: “This is an exciting time for Leith and Edinburgh as we adapt, upgrade and regenerate the port to create opportunities in Scotland’s emerging industries. We have been successful in winning a number of contracts this year, along with our partners.

“Leith is the largest Port on the East Coast of Scotland and has extensive deep water non-tidal berths connected to more than 140 hectares of land.”