Vattenfall, the Swedish owners of several windfarms and the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project off the north-east coast say they are: ‘committed to maximising the benefits the project can bring to the north-east and Scotland.’
So far, they have awarded nearly 100 contracts to local companies including a ‘significant deal’ with Peterhead harbour. There will also be a £3 million community investment fund for the North-east.
You may be thinking it would be better if the project was owned by a Scottish company, but I wonder if it would. Many of our top executives and board members are privately educated, self-centred and incompetent, with bonuses and dividends the only things in their minds. Maybe I’m being naïve here, but I wonder if Swedish business culture is not a bit more progressive, long term thinking and consensual in terms of owner-worker and community relationships.