Port of Leith chosen as base for offshore wind farm
A £50 million investment will create marshalling facilities for BP and EnBW at the Port of Leith.
Forth Ports has signed a reservation and collaboration agreement with BP and Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) that will see the Port of Leith in Edinburgh used as the marshalling port for BP and EnBW's development of the 2.9 gigawatt Morven offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
The deal will see Forth Ports invest £50 million in upgrading the infrastructure of the Port over the next 18 months, including delivering a bespoke offshore wind berth and a land bank for the laydown and marshalling of components for the wind farm. The investment will create the largest renewables hub in Scotland.
The project is expected to directly support up to 1,000 new jobs with a further 2,000 jobs in the supply chain.
Upon completion, the Morven wind farm will generate enough electricity to power over three million homes.
"This is significant news for our business and for Scotland, as we welcome BP and EnBW’s Morven project to Leith, the first of many for our new facility. We will be the largest offshore renewables hub in Scotland, bringing manufacturing opportunities and highly skilled, local, green jobs. This facility, and the Port of Dundee, will provide an integrated service offering to the offshore wind market, which will be instrumental in achieving the nation’s net zero targets over the next two decades. Our vision is to create a renewables centre of excellence for R&D, manufacturing and assembly that matches anything in northern Europe, with genuine export potential.”
- Carole Cran, Chief Financial Officer, Forth Ports
“BP and EnBW are delighted to have secured Port of Leith for our Morven project. This is the next step for us to be able to deliver 2.9 GW of clean energy. The project’s investment will support the Port of Leith with its transformation into a renewables hub and help position Forth Ports for future Scottish offshore wind projects.”
- Richard Haydock, Project Director of Offshore Wind, BP