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Windtech International July August 2024 issue

 

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The Crown Estate Scotland has published the Scotwind Supply Chain Development Statement Outlooks. The outlooks show initial commitments from the successful applicants in the recent ScotWind Leasing round. 
 
The publication of the ScotWind Supply Chain Development Statement (SCDS) Outlooks, highlights the Offshore Wind industry’s commitment to the supply chain with an average spend of £1.5bn across each of the 17 projects.
 
The SCDS Outlooks detail how each of the applicants could source products, materials, and labour to construct, erect, and service the fixed and floating offshore wind projects. They set out initial commitments across the full life cycle of projects, from development, through to operations & maintenance and importantly, the manufacturing and construction phases.   

This initial projection of £1.5bn per project takes into account all phases of work up to and including operations & maintenance. 
 
A key part of ScotWind is ensuring a focus from the outset on supply chain capacity to develop and deliver the projects. Crown Estate Scotland has mandated that applicants must outline supply chain commitments as part of their application for an option agreement, with commitments then updated throughout development as project specifics such as timing and technology become clearer, and the development of the supply chain progresses.
 
The SCDS Outlooks also make clear the challenges faced by the sector in realising ScotWind’s potential benefits. Constraints identified include a lack of grid availability, bottlenecks for construction and fabrication at preferred sites, and the skills within the labour market.
 
The Outlooks can be viewed in the Resources section: https://www.crownestatescotland.com/resources/documents
 
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