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Scottish offshore wind industry supply chain events to create thousands of jobs

The Crown Estate today announced the dates of the three Scottish supply chain events for the offshore wind industry.

The Crown Estate today announced the dates of the three Scottish supply chain events for the offshore wind industry: Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow.

The supply chain describes all the elements that will contribute to offshore wind energy deployment including: components; skilled workforce; infrastructure; and the political and economic environment.

The events are expected to create thousands of jobs and are creating some of the largest infrastructure projects in the world, with a potential market investment of over £100bn.

The events will act as a marketplace to enable all companies involved in developing offshore wind sites to do business, creating the opportunity for local and regional companies to do business across the UK.

The events are to be delivered in Scotland by Scottish Enterprise and Highland and Islands Enterprise. When consultations for The Estate’s Pentland Firth Strategic area and Round 3 wind farm zones are complete they are expected to create 57,000 jobs by 2020.

The Estate believes that one region alone cannot develop work on the scale of Round 3 and the partnerships are ideal for harnessing local knowledge and expertise. The events will give local businesses national perspective, enabling them to invest in new jobs, and will engage the participation of their Round 3 development partners.

The dates of the Scottish supply chain events are:

  • Aberdeen 28 January 2010 (Scottish Enterprise)
  • Inverness 2 February 2010 (Highlands and Islands Enterprise)
  • Glasgow 4 February 2010 (Scottish Enterprise)

There will be further events held across the UK at Newcastle, Hull, Norfolk, Southampton / Portsmouth, Bristol, South West Wales, Liverpool, Belfast, and London.

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