British Ports Association welcomes Sector Deal

British Ports AssociationThe British Ports Association has welcomed the Government’s new Sector Deal for Offshore Wind which it believes will offer significant opportunities for coastal regions and ports. The deal was published yesterday and represents a partnership between industry members and the government which aims to put the UK offshore wind sector at the forefront of the global shift to clean growth.

Using the Sector Deal, the government and industry members aim to generate one third of the UK’s electricity from offshore wind by 2030. This scaled-up ambition, coupled with the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, suggests that the UK could more than double its capacity to 30GW by 2030. It is also claimed that the UK could become a global leader in renewables, with more investment potential than any other country in the world.

Highlights of the deal include a pledge from industry members to invest £250 million over the next 10 years into companies across the country providing goods and services. Furthermore, the Government has agreed to a hold a Contracts for Difference allocation round in 2021 and auctions around every two years for between 1-2 GW of offshore wind. This is subject to the industry bringing down the cost of the technology and moving towards a subsidy free model. For more information on the Sector Deal,
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British Ports Association’s Chief Executive Richard Ballantyne said: “The offshore wind Sector Deal is great news for ports and coastal communities. This will provide jobs in areas all round the coast as ports provide a critical role in enabling offshore developments. In 2017 wind generated just 6.2% of the UKpower needs and we welcome the ambitious new target of 30% by 2030. In particular we are pleased to see the long term commitment to increase UK content to 60%. This target will require an increased domestic role for developers and projects meaning that British ports will play a significant role in new projects.

UK ports are well placed to support the offshore wind industry but we will need a versatile and flexible planning system to help ports prepare. This will be vital that to ensure that ports remain agile and responsive to the new opportunities to provide important landside hubs for offshore developments.”

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