Oil and gas hub bags £6.5m for wind energy

A Scottish hub for offshore oil and gas drilling is getting £6.5 million from the Scottish Government for adapting to support wind energy. The Nigg Energy Park – where parts […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A Scottish hub for offshore oil and gas drilling is getting £6.5 million from the Scottish Government for adapting to support wind energy.

The Nigg Energy Park – where parts for the new Cygnus gas platform are being built – is getting cash to make its new £40.5 million quayside suitable for building and loading ships with wind turbine towers and foundations.

Under a new agreement signed last week, the quay will be used to pass on these parts to the Moray offshore wind farm.

Roy MacGregor, Chairman of Global Energy Group which owns Nigg park said: “A strong pipeline of business with oil and gas clients has been built and this will not change. In the future, we see our business for oil and gas and renewables continuing to grow side by side, in this world class port, yard and construction facility.”

Ministers said this could lead to 2,400 construction jobs and another 330 through operations and maintenance.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland to reap both economic benefits and become a power house of green energy.

“That is why it is important to support the new Nigg quayside development – which in turn will see a £190 million additional turnover and £462 million in aggregate over the first three years of operation.”