Islands MP to ask UK Energy Minister to release the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm Supply Chain Plan document from Seagreen Ltd, a subsidiary of Scottish and Southern Energy for their offshore wind farm off the Fife coast.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has been alerted to the fact that Scottish and Southern Energy through their subsidiary Seagreen may not be living up to promises made to get Contracts for Difference (CfD) when seeking UK government assistance for their offshore wind farm off the Fife coast. As a result Mr MacNeil is urgently writing to the Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, to ask if he will release the supply chain documents forthwith.
Commenting Mr MacNeil said:
“I am hoping to help the Energy Minister ensure promises are kept. It’s vitally important, time is of the essence, this report should be in the public domain to see what promises were made by Scottish and Southern Energy, when they were in the competition for the contracts for difference, to the UK government.
“Particularly prescient at this time, that there are shovel ready projects and yards waiting to build wind farm jackets which would employ people in Arnish on Lewis and in Fife. We can’t have this work going to yards in the United Arab Emirates with questionable work practices or indeed Chinese yards which are massively state subsidised, when all this is based on promises made by companies in Scotland to get tax payers money.
“It is therefore vitally important that the supply chain documents are provided so we can see what promises were made and so we can hold companies accountable to those promises. There is little kudos in producing green energy in a highly unethical manner and ignoring the communities on the door steps as you do this in the pursuit of a very naked profit while giving yourself the veneer of being green.”
Background: In Seagreen’s 2018 Optimised Application they estimated a £79m GVA economic impact in Scotland for work on the foundations in the CAPEX phase, chapter 15 https://www.seagreenwindenergy.com/optimised-application-2018-document