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Moray West webinar explores supply chain opportunities

By Calum MacLeod

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The Moray West windfarm location.
The Moray West windfarm location.

POTENTIAL partners were given an online insight into how they can get involved with the 85-turbine Moray West wind farm development.

In collaboration with DeepWind and Forth & Tay Offshore clusters, the Moray West team presented a supply chain webinar that included presentations from several team members and contributions from Scottish Renewables chief executive Claire Mack and a Scottish SME contractor who had successfully secured a construction works contract for its partner Moray East project.

With 390 registrations, the virtual event provided an insight into the development philosophy for the project plus detail on the procurement strategy.

Breakout sessions provided further information on opportunities around onshore transmission assets, offshore related construction and the operations and maintenance phase of the project, 22km off the coast of Caithness.

Moray West project director Adam Morrison commented: “We were keen to engage with the supply chain as we ramp up our procurement activity around the large primary contracts that the project will sign.

"We understand there is huge capability in the Scottish and wider UK supply chain and we want to ensure the project provides the best opportunities to engage with the supply chain.

"I was delighted with the level of interest in the event and recognise the time that people gave to hear from the project team and our other presenters.

"There will be further opportunities for the supply chain to access the huge number of contract opportunities that will flow from the project if we can secure a route to market to unlock delivery of the project. Moray West is ready to provide significant opportunity and continuity to the Scottish supply chain, though the threat from the locational signals in transmission charging risk stalling the project, and therefore the benefits to the supply chain."

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