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Peter A Walker

Companies urged to register for Argyll offshore wind opportunities

Supply chain companies in the renewable energy sector are being encouraged to register their details for advanced notice of potential contracts related to a major offshore wind project in Argyll.

The call comes after a "well attended" supply chain event held last week at the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) in the European Marine Science Park near Oban.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Argyll and Bute Council hosted the event, which was organised by the DeepWind Cluster, in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables.

The purpose of the day was to share information about upcoming opportunities relating to the MachairWind project being developed west of Islay.

Developer ScottishPower Renewables shared information about the project, what the supply chains needs will be and how local companies might benefit.

Around 100 people attended, representing supply chain businesses working in the marine economy, manufacturers, and fabricators, as well as businesses working in logistics, civils and property. As well as businesses from Argyll and the Islands, there was also representation from further afield.

MachairWind is ScottishPower’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Argyll. It has a proposed generating capacity of 2GW, which is enough to power the equivalent of more than two million homes across the UK.

Morag Goodfellow, HIE area manager for Argyll and the Islands, said: “The MachairWind project is a major opportunity for Argyll and the Islands, there’ll be many local contractors in the supply chain who are well placed to benefit from this.

“That’s why we hosted this event,“ she continued. “It was very well attended, lively and engaging, which was great to see.

“The next stage is for companies to register with the project web portal, so they can tap into the opportunities as and when they arise; that’s what we’re encouraging companies to do as soon as they can.”

ScottishPower Renewable’s senior project manager for the MachairWind project, Keira Wilson, said: “It was fantastic to attend the West Coast Supply Chain Event in Dunstaffnage last week and to see so much interest in MachairWind.

“It was great to get a better understanding of how the skills, capabilities and experience across the Scottish supply chain fit with what’s required for our first offshore wind farm in Argyll and Bute.”

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