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Montrose Port Authority and SSE Renewables finalize plans for Seagreen base

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Montrose Port Authority and SSE Renewables have finalized plans for the operations and maintenance base for Seagreen offshore wind farm, following consultation with the local community and other port users.

The 1,075MW Seagreen project is located 27 kilometres off the coast of Angus. A £3 billion joint venture between SSE Renewables and Total, Seagreen will be Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy, providing a significant contribution to Scotland’s net-zero ambition and enough clean, renewable energy to power 1.3 million homes.

The wind farm will also support a £1.8 million community benefit fund which will be divided between six Community Councils – Tealing, Murroes and Wellbank, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Ferryden and Craig, and Montrose.

SSE Renewables, which is leading the development and construction of the wind farm, announced last October it had selected Montrose Port as the home for the operations and maintenance base for the 114-turbine development, bringing investment and jobs to the local area for the 25-year life of the project.

Work has been underway since to agree plans for the base at the Port’s South Quay which include an operations building, repurposed warehouse, communications tower, and a pontoon for crew transfer vessels travelling to the Seagreen site offshore.

Following initial concerns raised by port users including Ferryden fishermen as well as local residents about the design of the floating pontoon, SSE Renewables and Montrose Port Authority have been working closely to redraw the pontoon layout.

As a result, a new design for the pontoon has been published, in agreement with port users and residents, which will see the pontoon now located alongside Berth 5 to address those initial concerns.

The publication of the new design layout will allow construction work on the operations and maintenance base to start in Autumn 2020. Construction is expected to last around 12 months with the base due to be completed by late 2021.

“As a Trust Port we have a duty of care to all our stakeholders to ensure that we operate in a fair and transparent manner for everybody’s benefit. We listened to the concerns put forward about the original pontoon design and after working collaboratively with all parties involved have come up with a working solution.

“The Seagreen project is of huge importance to the local economy and will create a significant number of jobs here in Montrose and the wider area. We are delighted that this phase of the development has been agreed and look forward to construction work getting underway shortly.”

Captain Tom Hutchison, chief executive of MPA.

“The Operations and Maintenance base at Montrose Port will play an important role in the day-to-day running of Seagreen and we’re pleased to confirm that we have finalised plans for this. Seagreen represents one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Scotland and will support a significant number of jobs during construction and throughout its operational life. Maintenance activities will be overseen from Montrose Port by our team to ensure the project is able to deliver clean, renewable energy reliably and safely on a day-to-day basis.”

Andy Kay, Seagreen Operations & Maintenance package manager.

First power at Seagreen is expected by the end of 2021 with the offshore wind farm expected to be completed and enter commercial operation in 2022/23.

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