Forth Ports Announces Plans for High-Capacity Floating Offshore Wind Integration Facility
Posted 06/10/2023 12:58
Forth Ports, a leading port operator, has unveiled its vision for establishing a high-capacity floating offshore wind integration facility at the Port of Burntisland in Fife, Scotland. This initiative is part of Forth Ports' commitment to assist the UK in achieving its net-zero carbon goals. Scotland holds more than half of the UK's offshore wind capacity, much of which is in deep waters where floating wind turbines are to be deployed.
The Forth Estuary has been identified as one of the few suitable locations in Scotland with the necessary infrastructure, land, and deep waters to integrate such turbines. The company shared its plans during a launch event in Edinburgh, outlining its determination to become a net-zero carbon operation by 2042.
Central to this strategy is significant investment in infrastructure, port services, and towage to support the growth of the UK's renewable energy sector. Forth Ports has already allocated £150 million for a private investment program that has facilitated offshore wind development, including the establishment of renewable energy hubs in Dundee and Leith.
Charles Hammond, Group CEO of Forth Ports, emphasized the company's commitment to carbon neutrality by 2032 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2042. He stated, "Our existing major investment in green energy, coupled with our commitment to floating wind, underscores our determination to drive the transition to a decarbonized economy."
Màiri McAllan, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition, commended Forth Ports for its leadership and commitment to supporting Scotland's transition to net-zero emissions. She highlighted the vital role ports play in the economy and expressed her anticipation of Forth Ports' comprehensive net-zero plan.
Forth Ports is implementing various sustainability measures across its eight UK ports, including equipment electrification, adoption of low-carbon fuels, increased on-site renewable energy generation, and promotion of low-carbon delivery alternatives like rail and barge transport. Additionally, Forth Ports is part of the Thames Freeport and Forth Green Freeport partnerships, both of which aim to accelerate the drive towards net zero across the UK.
By establishing a high-capacity floating offshore wind integration facility, Forth Ports aims to contribute significantly to the UK's renewable energy efforts and support its net-zero objectives.