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Scotland prioritises MingYang turbine factory

RICHARD HEAP

April 2, 2024

Scotland has identified a turbine factory by Chinese manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy as a priority infrastructure project as it seeks to unlock investment in its offshore wind sector.

The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council has this morning announced seven new priority offshore wind infrastructure projects for the country, in addition to three that were announced in February. It is progressing these projects under its Strategic Investment Model (SIM) regime. One of these is a turbine factory by MingYang, which committed in June 2023 to enter the UK’s offshore wind market.

Two of these ten priority projects are confidential, but the other eight are:

  • Burntisland Deep Water floating offshore wind facility (Forth Ports)
  • Hunterston HVDC cables factory (XLCC)
  • MingYang Smart Energy turbine factory
  • Port of Aberdeen South Harbour upgrade
  • Port of Cromarty Firth expansion
  • Port of Nigg (Global Energy Nigg)
  • Ring Crane Development (Sarens PSG)
  • Scapa Deep Water Quay (Orkney Islands Council)

Gillian Morrison, supply chain development manager at Crown Estate Scotland and chair of the SIM working group, said: “The Strategic Investment Model is successfully demonstrating that collaboration can help prioritise sector effort and focus. Our next task is to accelerate action to support infrastructure and supply chain growth of chosen projects.”

There are also 19 projects outside the ‘priority’ group where SOWEC has announced that progress is being made.

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