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    Sturgeon stresses vital wind farm role

    January 26, 2023 - Nicola Love


      Nicola Sturgeon has highlighted the “crucial” role that offshore wind will play in Scotland’s future – at the same time as a major new green power development passed a “significant milestone”.

      The operations and maintenance base for the new £2 billion Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm was opened in Eyemouth, Berwickshire.

      It will see turbines located about 9.6 miles (15.5km) off the Fife coast and when up and running, the project could generate 450 megawatts (MW) of electricity – enough to power around 375,000 homes.

      The operations and maintenance base was opened by Net Zero Secretary Michael Matheson yesterday morning – while the First Minister was speaking at Scottish Renewables’ offshore wind conference in Glasgow.

      There, Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government’s recently published draft energy strategy “reflects our understanding and belief that offshore wind will be essential not only in enabling us to achieve our net-zero ambitions, but also crucial to Scotland’s long-term economic prospects and prosperity”.

      She told the conference: “Your industry, and the issues you’re focusing on, could not be more important.

      “For Scotland, offshore wind and the green hydrogen industry that you can then help to create, offers huge industrial and economic opportunities.”

      Ms Sturgeon said the “need to accelerate our energy transition has never been more urgent”.

      “The prize – if we get this right – is a greener, fairer, more resilient energy system,” she stated.

      Clare Mack, chief executive of the industry body Scottish Renewables, said: “It is clear that 2023 is going to be another huge year for offshore wind in Scotland.”

      CREDIT: Nicola Love


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