The Scottish Government’s National Renewables Infrastructure Plan has identified Dundee as one of the most strategically important and suitable port locations for marine renewables. The Port of Dundee provides 24-hour, unrestricted access to its deep water berths.  In addition the port has direct and easy access to excellent road and rail links to Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.

Offshore Wind

The geographical location of Scottish consented wind farms such as the Neart na Gaoithe and others to the Port of Dundee provides an ideal Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base. Dundee has a strong engineering history with local engineering and fabrication expertise, skills/training support from its 2 universities, and a broad range of energy sector skills courses at Dundee & Angus College.

Within 5km of the Port of Dundee there are 160 hectares of development land and designated areas serviced with Enterprise Zone status providing financial incentives and a fast-track planning process.

The plans for the new marina at City Quay, with phased development for 400 berths, would be an ideally-positioned marine asset to accommodate future offshore renewable O&M vessels and provide bespoke pontoon and berthing options for service vehicles.

The city’s airport can support a base for medium sized helicopters to service Scottish east coast offshore wind turbine projects. The airport grounds have sufficient land and buildings available for the development of onsite offices, briefing and workshop accommodation for future helicopter operators and for O&M engineering requirements.

The East Coast Centre for Energy Logistics ECCEL combines the central location and recently upgraded capability of Dundee port with the largest quayside crane in the UK to provide an integrated logistics solution for the wind farms which will be developed off the east coast of Scotland.  Dundee has recently played host to two foundation structures for the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, and is keen to engage with other forthcoming wind farms.