On news.gov.scot site today regarding the SNP Scottish Govt working to apply their recently acquired oversight of The Crown Estate Scotland, to ‘leverage’ the leases granted for Offshore Wind projects, by attaching supply chain conditions and incentives to benefit the wider economy.
This is a ‘smart’ Scottish Govt. learning how to play a bit of hardball with big-hitter international companies in a way that was simply never pursued over the ‘wasted’ Westminster centuries. Link and snippet below:
Proposals to ensure contracts stay in Scotland.
Trades unions, offshore wind developers and supply chain companies have agreed to take urgent action to ensure more Scottish companies benefit from the awarding of contracts for offshore wind projects.
At a summit held by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay and Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, the industry representatives agreed that collective action was needed to ensure supply chain companies are well positioned to benefit from upcoming offshore wind projects.
The industry has been asked to consider urgent action for achieving the ambitious local content targets agreed to as part of the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
As a result of the summit, the Scottish Government has promised to explore:
• the options open for attaching supply chain conditions and incentives to Crown Estate Scotland leases
• ways in which the Scottish Parliament reviews and approves decommissioning plans
In addition, representatives from the offshore wind sector committed to undertaking a strategic capability assessment of fabrication in the UK and to identify the areas with the highest potential for growth.
Summit invitees include senior officials from Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), DEME GeoSea, EDF Renewables, E.ON, Equinor, GE Renewable Energy, GMB, Innogy, Jan De Nul, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Moray East Renewables, Orsted, RWE, Scottish Power, SDIC Red Rock Power Ltd, Seaway Heavy Lifting, Siemens Energy Distribution, SSE, Saipem, Unite the Union, Van Oord and Vattenfall.
Great initiative and an indication of what can be achieved with the ability to control local necessary decision making in Scotland for Scotland. More of the same please ScotGov, this is the kind of thing to demonstrate to the doubters that we can drive our economy and country much better than WM ever could.