As projects of this scale represent massive capital investment into local areas, there is considerable opportunity for job creation along the Atlantic coast. Simply Blue Energy will support local job creation at all stages, including by working with the fishing industry to explore opportunities for future employment and by actively encouraging local content in our supply chain.
A range of supply chain opportunities, across both FOW and WEC sites, will be rolled out as the project progresses, from initial consultation and survey work to port and road infrastructure development, to construction and installation. Ongoing Operation & Maintenance (O&M) contracts for both technology elements will also come on-stream post construction. Local suppliers will be encouraged to participate in all stages. Local content will be acknowledged and scored in tendering processes to continually encourage this participation.
A study in the UK found that a 500MW Celtic Sea FOW site alone could generate 1,381 construction stage jobs and 33 O&M stage jobs in the Welsh and South West region of the UK, in addition to £630M in direct local investment during the construction phase with a further £8.8M annually for O&M1. Simply Blue Energy’s philosophy is to develop and nurture the local supply chain through phased "stepping-stone" developments, allowing local suppliers and communities to grow in tandem with the project stages.
1ORE Catapult Report – Benefits of Floating Offshore Wind to Wales and the South West, Supply-chain report.
The enormous potential for harnessing the energy of the Atlantic Ocean has been anticipated for many years. The WEC demonstration component of Western Star will pave the way for this concept to become a reality, opening up further opportunities and driving vital capital investment in West Coast communities.
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