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Seven-figure investment in Port of Leith will enhance its renewables capability



Forth Ports-owned Port of Leith is investing a seven figure sum to enhancing its position in the offshore renewables market.

The privately-funded investment will ring to the market an additional 25 hectares of land linked to more than three kilometres of deep water quaysides.

This investment will see the skyline of the port changed, with the final stages of the demolition of the Imperial Grain Silo being completed.

The Port said it has seen an unprecedented surge in activity over the past few years with the energy transition to low carbon becoming a strong influence in the future of Scotland and Leith.

It said it had been able to “demonstrate its agility through responding to project needs ranging from utilising the deep water for the storage of offshore wind farm foundation jackets to significant project work associated with the subsea elements of the development of offshore wind farms.”

Shipping and onshore economic activity has been boosted at Scotland’s capital port this year with its key role in supporting EDF Renewables’ and ESB’s major offshore wind farm Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) at various stages of the project.

This major Scottish project will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes and has a capacity of about 450 megawatts (MW) of low carbon energy, offsetting more than 400,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions each year.

Forth Ports senior port manager David Webster said: “This investment is another example of our commitment to bring large-scale renewables to Scotland.

“This will allow Leith to build on its current success as well as complement the significant upgrades that are under way in our Dundee facility.

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“The foundation logistics in Leith will be supported by the wind turbine hub in Dundee, we see this as the future to local content in Scotland that will drive employment.”

NnG project director Matthias Haag said: “It’s really exciting to see the Port of Leith making such a huge investment in offshore renewables, especially as it will play a key role in the successful delivery of NnG.

“Since the offshore construction of NnG started in August, the Port of Leith is already Marine Logistics Base for the pile casings.

“These casings will form part of the foundations on which the project’s 54 turbines and two substations will stand.

“We’ve always said we’re committed to using the Scottish supply chain as much as possible and we’re really pleased to be working with the Port of Leith.”

Deputy port manager Kenny Williamson said: “I have been working in the Port of Leith for 37 years and have never seen so many vessels in port with so much activity going on.

“This is an exciting time for Leith and Edinburgh as we adapt, upgrade and regenerate the port to create opportunities in Scotland’s emerging industries.

“We have been successful in winning a number of contracts this year, along with our partners.

“Leith is the largest Port on the East Coast of Scotland and has extensive deep water non-tidal berths connected to more than 140 hectares of land.”



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