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Leading offshore wind company Ocean Winds announces backing of Opportunity Cromarty Firth green freeport bid


By Rachel Smart


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Moray East foundations being unloaded for temporary storage at Nigg Energy Park in 2020 with Cromarty Firth in the background.
Moray East foundations being unloaded for temporary storage at Nigg Energy Park in 2020 with Cromarty Firth in the background.

One of Scotland’s leading offshore wind companies is joining Opportunity Cromarty Firth and supporting their green freeport bid.

Ocean Winds (OW) is dedicated to offshore wind energy and having previously worked with Global Energy Group and Port of Cromarty Firth around the delivery of the Moray East offshore wind farm, has now decided to support the green freeport bid.

Delivery of the OW projects in the Moray Firth is enabled from ports with sufficient quayside depth for large vessels and quayside space for storage of the massive components required to construct the offshore wind farms.

All weather vessel access to the ports and proximity to the wind farm sites are also key.

The Cromarty Firth offers these features as well as good road and air links allowing ready access for equipment and personnel.

Dan Finch, country manager for UK for OW, commented:

“I am delighted that we are strengthening our ties with the Cromarty Firth, which handled the large components of Moray East and are confirmed as marshalling the Moray West wind turbines.

“The newly revealed scale of the project pipeline in the UK will require additional port capacity and the green greeport model has the potential to attract new and increased manufacturing and fabrication capability to the Firth.

“Opportunity Cromarty Firth leading a green freeport bid is well placed to build on the earlier track record with the offshore energy and wind sectors.

“A green freeport centred on the Cromarty Firth can ensure the success of the region around the many opportunities that will emerge from the confirmed pipeline of major east coast offshore wind projects.”

OW was created in 2020 as part of a 50-50 joint venture by EDP Renewables and ENGIE.


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