Andy Kinsella, chief operating officer of Mainstream Renewable Power
The construction of Scotland’s next major infrastructure project after the Queensferry Crossing could create up to 2,000 jobs over a four-year period.
A study of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm (NnG) has estimated that over the lifetime of the project it will boost the Scottish economy by £827.4m.
After the completion of the new Queensferry Crossing, NnG will be Scotland’s next major infrastructure project.
The study by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde into the economic effects of the project also reveals that NnG will create up to 2,000 jobs over its four-year construction period.
Commenting on the study, Dr Stuart McIntyre of the Fraser of Allander Institute, said: “This study investigated the wider economic impacts on the Scottish economy of Mainstream Renewable Power’s anticipated expenditure on the NnG project.
“Our study shows that, based on information provided to us about the expected size of this project and the anticipated spend within Scotland, there could be an impact on the Scottish economy over the 30 year lifetime of this project equivalent to 0.6% of Scottish GDP in 2016.”
Published yesterday (28 August), the report was commissioned by Mainstream Renewable Power, developers of NnG, in order to evaluate and fully understand the project’s impact on the Scottish economy.
Andy Kinsella, chief operating officer at Mainstream Renewable Power, said: “We have always known that NnG, as a large scale energy infrastructure project, is important for the Scottish economy.
“The results of the Fraser of Allander Institute’s study show the full extent of NnG’s impact on the Scottish economy for the first time. The study confirms that NnG will support the creation or retention of large numbers of high skilled, high quality jobs in Scotland during construction and its 25-year operational lifetime.
“The NnG Offshore Wind Farm Coalition, launched this month, has called on RSPB Scotland to abandon its legal action challenging this project and three others. Today’s report shows the full extent of the economic benefit to Scotland put at risk by this ongoing action.
“I would ask RSPB Scotland to listen to this call and allow the project to move forward into construction. In doing so, Scotland will reap both the economic and the climate change benefits of a green energy project capable of supplying the electricity needs of a city the size of Edinburgh while displacing 400,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.”