Scottish companies will benefit from new steps to increase the number of offshore wind contracts staying in Scotland.
Developers will have to agree on supply-chain commitments when applying for offshore wind leases, under an agreement between the Scottish Government and Crown Estate Scotland.
Representatives from the UK Government, trades unions, and industry attended the summit in Edinburgh to discuss how to discuss solutions to issues facing the offshore wind supply chain.
Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said:
“Scotland is the ideal location for offshore wind, but recent projects have not delivered the significant economic opportunities we want to see for Scottish businesses.
“The Scottish Government has been calling for the offshore sector to do more by awarding contracts to our indigenous supply chain but recent disappointments suggest that more has to be done.
Colin Palmer, Director of Marine for Crown Estate Scotland, said:
“Scotland has unique potential when it comes to offshore wind and we’re committed to doing all we can to unlock that opportunity. ScotWind Leasing will present Scotland as an attractive destination for the significant investment needed to deliver the scale of offshore wind projects we want to see.”