The “Green Freeport” status has been granted to two of the ports by Scotland, anticipating the development of the next-generation manufacturing hubs. This will aid in realising the dream of developing a giga-scale build-out of offshore wind in the North Sea.
Talking about the same, John Swinney, deputy first minister, said, “Scotland has a rich history of innovation, trade, and manufacturing, and as we look to seize the many opportunities achieving net zero offers, the creation of these internationally competitive clusters of excellence will help us to create new green jobs, deliver a just transition, and support our economic transformation.”
Brian McFarlane, Wind Energy Council, an advocacy body, commented on it, saying, “However, the world-leading pipeline we have in Scotland will require the involvement and support of multiple Scottish ports. That means it’s vital that we find routes to involve and support all the different ports that can carry out manufacturing, assembly, and the long-term operation activities required by offshore wind.”
Furthermore, Emma Harrick, head of the energy transition at Scottish Renewables “While today’s announcement is welcomed by the industry, further development measures will be required for the ports that are not successful in this process. “These are fantastic areas for these new green freeports to set up, ensuring the benefits are felt right across Scotland. This will help to create exciting new jobs, boost business, and encourage investment in the local area and beyond.”
Tom Hudson, project director of the giant Broadshore development, said: “The Cromarty Firth is a tremendous location with a great track record in fabrication and manufacturing. It also has the space and facilities to assemble floating wind farms at scale, and we are very excited about the benefits green freeport status will bring to the area.”