SCOTTISH and Southern Energy (SSE) last week announced a major contract for all the fabrication work for the 114 offshore wind turbines planned for the Seagreen array off the east coast of Fife. Rather than to the currently mothballed BiFab yards in Methil and Burntisland, the work has gone, lock, stock and barrel, to China and the United Arab Emirates. Once more, Scotland is missing out on the downstream activity from major developments off shore. The Scottish Government needs a more ambitious strategy for the “blue economy”. We need a stronger focus on the sustainable use of ocean resources involving a wide range of offshore and some on-shore activities, including downstream activities. Jobs, investment, climate change and sustainability issues are critically involved. Operations such as those in Fife should have a key role in such a national strategy. We don’t need to wait for independence to be a more ambitious for Scotland.
The National 23rd Sept 2020 read more »