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Scottish Port to support wind farm

The Port of Cromarty Firth has signed an agreement with Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd to act as an intermediate port during the construction of the wind farm.

The 18 month contract – valued in the region £10 million pounds –will provide for storage of wind turbine components, including towers, blades and nacelles, it will provide pre-assembly facilities and site office facilities.

Commenting, Oscar Diaz, Project Director, Moray East said: “The selection of an intermediate port from which the project will be constructed is a major milestone in terms of project delivery, and we are delighted to have chosen a port which is not only in Scotland, but also in the Moray Firth, local to the windfarm.

“This will be the hub of the project during construction. As a Trust Port, the Port of Cromarty Firth have been able to deliver much more than competitive prices; they are well established with strong local relationships. We look forward to working together to provide an excellent opportunity for the local economy to take advantage of the markets created by the project."

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of Port of Cromarty Firth added: "The project will support Scottish government in meeting their ambitious renewable energy targets and our partners at Moray East are keen to develop and train the local workforce; building skills and knowledge that can be exported in the future. The Port’s team worked for over two years to secure this contract for the benefit of the local area. It will attract jobs and investment for the coming years; offering countless opportunities to local people and businesses.”

Moray East is a 950MW offshore wind project 22km from the coast of Scotland and was the first part of the Moray Firth Zone to be developed. It is also the first of the Round 3 projects to apply for (2012) and receive (2014) consent.

In 2017 it won a contract for difference at competitive auction which set the price of power generated at £57.50/MWh. It is anticipated to generate enough energy to supply nearly 950,000 households from its scheduled commissioning in 2022.

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