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£30,000 pledge to help with coronavirus recovery

The Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project is making £30,000 available across six community council areas to help with their coronavirus response and recovery.

The six community council areas of Tealing, Murroes & Wellbank, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Ferryden & Craig, and Montrose, are set to receive a share of £1.8m of community fund from the Seagreen project. £30,000 of this fund will be released early to support projects in each of the areas with their immediate response and recovery from the effects of Covid-19.

Pauline Allison, Seagreen’s Stakeholder Engagement Manager said:

“The impact of coronavirus has been felt throughout the country and we wanted to show our gratitude to the communities that have welcomed and supported us as we have developed the project.

“This contribution is just the start of the wider benefit that Seagreen will have both directly and indirectly within Angus. Across Scotland we’re supporting a green recovery from the pandemic by bringing jobs and investment at a time when it is needed most.”

Seagreen reached financial close in June, giving the greenlight to the project and kick-starting Scotland’s green recovery from the coronavirus response.

Situated over 27km off the Angus coast at its nearest point, the site will be Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm and will provide an economic boost to Scotland during its construction and subsequent 25-year operational life of the project.

Montrose has been selected as the operations and maintenance port.

Talks on how the £1.8m Seagreen Community Fund will be distributed are ongoing, with further details expected to be announced in the first half of 2021.

Seagreen has previously supported Carnoustie Rugby Club’s Micros with the purchase of rugby kits

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*1.62 million homes powered per annum based on Typical Domestic Consumption Values (Medium Electricity Profile Class 1, 2,900kWh per household; OFGEM, January 2020), typical 50% wind load factor, and projected installed capacity of up to 1.1GW. Two-thirds of homes in Scotland based on Household Estimates Scotland 2019 (National Records of Scotland, June 2020). Quoted 2.23m t/CO2 reductions per annum based on expected annual output against average 446 t/CO2 per GWh (BEIS Digest of UK Energy Statistics, July 2020). Quoted removal of cars based on projected annual carbon abated and calculated against recorded average of 5.89m t/CO2 by cars on roads in Scotland in 2017 (Carbon Account for Transport 2019, Transport Scotland).

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