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Breaking ground on Seagreen O&M base at Montrose Port to bring economic benefit to the local area

Construction has started on the Operations and Maintenance base at Montrose Port which will service the Seagreen offshore wind farm.

Scotland’s largest offshore construction project to date will create up to 60 jobs based at the Port, as well as a further 60 on MHI Vestas offshore service operations vessel.

Montrose Port was selected by SSE Renewables as the preferred location for its O&M base for the 114-turbine development last October, bringing investment and jobs to the local area for the 25-year life of the project.

Located at the Port’s South Quay, the base will include two storey operations building, repurposed warehouse, 50m high communications mast, and a pontoon for crew transfer vessels travelling to the Seagreen site.

Work on the operations building and repurposed warehouse is being undertaken by Montrose-based contractor Pert Bruce, which recently announced that up to 30 jobs for the duration of the contract which is scheduled to take around a year. Further contracts for the communication mast and pontoon are yet to be awarded.

Pictured at the ground breaking for Seagreen's operations and maintenance base at Port of Montrose are (from left) Angus North and Mearns MSP Mhairi Gougeon, Angus MP Dave Doogan, Montrose Port Authority chief executive Captain Tom Hutchison and Andy Kay, SSE Renewables.

Chief Executive of Montrose Port Authority, Captain Tom Hutchison said, “This is a significant milestone for Montrose and we’re delighted to see work started on the base.

“This 25-year commitment from Seagreen will ensure the ongoing investment and redevelopment of our existing facilities at the Port in line with our remit as a Trust Port.

It also demonstrates our consistently flexible approach and long-term diversification strategy, as well as offering an outstanding opportunity for the local supply network.”

Andy Kay from SSE Renewables said: “This is a landmark moment for our base at Montrose Port and for all the team involved in delivering the Seagreen Offshore Wind project.

“SSE Renewables is committed to supporting the local economy so this is good news for all the businesses in Montrose and Angus who will benefit from the construction and ultimately, the opening of the base in a few years’ time.”

Dave Doogan, MP for Angus said: “This latest milestone in the Seagreen project is very positive and brings to life the extraordinary opportunity for Angus to get in at the front end of the massive offshore wind industry.

“I look forward to seeing the completed facility and the many jobs and opportunities that will come with it.”

Mhairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment and MSP for Angus North and Mearns said: “This project is not just hugely significant for Montrose but for Angus and the wider North-East economy, with a long-term commitment from Seagreen that will bring jobs and investment to the area. Offshore renewables will play a vital role in Scotland’s green recovery and in achieving our net-zero ambitions, and it’s fantastic to see Montrose at the forefront of this exciting sector.”

The 1,075MW Seagreen project is located 27km off the coast of Angus. A £3bn joint venture between SSE Renewables and Total, Seagreen will be Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy, providing a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition and enough clean, renewable energy to power 1.3 million homes. The wind farm will also support a £1.8M community benefit fund which will be divided between six Community Councils.

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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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