Offshore wind is a renewable energy resource that can generate electricity to many households. It is a very reliable energy source, as the wind is more reliable compared to onshore wind, and with higher average wind speeds. Offshore wind farms are being planned or build in waters in most regions of the world. The potential for offshore wind in different configurations is evident: Today, the installed offshore wind capacity equals to 29 GW, but is has far more potential: 6 GW was installed worldwide in 2019, and 80GW is expected to be installed by 2024 (GWEC). Furthermore, technology breakthroughs and cost reductions are also key considerations, and the development may accelerate.
Wind turbines are advanced machines, and the installation of offshore wind farms are complex.
The construction processes are considered risky as they are exposed to severe weather conditions. Global or regional vessel availability and complicated contracting structure requires professional personnel in a project organization. New Power Partners delivers competent resources to support whether the need is in the early screening phase, late development or construction. Our specialists all have the required background to handle the complexity of offshore wind.
The purpose of this report is to provide the most comprehensive overview available of Scottish ports and consider, at a high level, the potential for these ports to support the various facets of delivering an offshore wind project. This is to enable an at-a-glance overview of the port provision in Scotland and therefore identify ports for more detailed investigation relevant to a specific project.
The report represents the initial stage of the New Power Partners ports assessment process, with detailed technical assessments and GAP analysis as natural follow-on activities as the project scope and requirements are refined.
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