Dundee’s constituency MSPs today welcomed news that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Energy giant SSE, Port of Dundee owner Forth Ports, enterprise agency Scottish Enterprise and local authority Dundee City Council to secure Dundee’s position as a vibrant hub for Scotland’s rapidly-developing offshore renewables sector.
Dundee’s MSPs Joe FitzPatrick and Shona Robison welcomed news that representatives of the four organisations discussed their plans with First Minister Alex Salmond today at St Andrew’s House where they signed the MoU.
Shona Robison said: “I am delighted that this agreement has been signed today. All key partners have been working hard to bring these jobs and investment to Dundee. The vision of Dundee as a renewables manufacturing hub is set to become a reality. This is a massive Christmas jobs boost for the city.”
Commenting, Joe FitzPatrick said: “Today is a major step forward in the campaign to bring investment and jobs to Dundee. The National Renewables INfrastructure Plan indentifies Dundee as a leading location for renewables and particularly for manufacturing major high value components for the offshore wind indsutry.”
SSE is one of the UK’s leading developers of offshore renewable energy, with major offshore wind projects situated off the east coast. SSE has therefore identified Dundee as a key strategic location for the development of its offshore wind supply chain. The company has taken a proactive approach to developing its offshore wind supply chain, forming strategic alliances and investing directly in companies of strategic importance.
Dundee is ideally-placed to become a key hub for the rapidly growing multi-billion pound offshore renewables industry, particularly and initially in offshore wind.
Lena Wilson, Chief Executive at Scottish Enterprise said: “The Port of Dundee and the wider city region have a crucial role to play in the future of Scotland’s renewables sector. We have a short window of opportunity to put in place the critical infrastructure for a prosperous developing industry and this partnership will bring the public and private sector together with one goal in mind – to create the ideal breeding ground for Scotland’s renewable supply chain to generate maximum economic and environmental benefit.”
Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports, said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, SSE and Dundee City Council on this significant project for the Port of Dundee. Our ports in Scotland play a key role in supporting Scotland’s economy and this agreement gives great confidence that our Port in Dundee will maximise its competitive advantage as a key location for SSE’s supply chain and a renewables hub for the offshore wind industry.”
Ken Guild, Chair of Dundee renewables and Leader of the Administration at Dundee City Council, said: “We have been pursuing Dundee’s case at the highest levels with our partners and this Memorandum of Understanding represents a renewed opportunity to maximise the city’s potential in the renewables industry. I welcome SSE’s choice of the Port of Dundee as a prime location for the delivery of its ambitious offshore wind projects. The city council will do everything it can to support efforts by Forth Ports and SSE to build a successful commercial development.”