Carmichael backs Flotta redevelopment as part of ScotWind leasing round

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed proposals to redevelop the Flotta Terminal in Orkney into one of the world’s first large-scale green hydrogen hubs as part of ScotWind, the first  Scottish offshore wind leasing round in a decade. If successful, the proposal, called the West of Orkney Windfarm, could deliver renewable power to a green hydrogen production facility at the Flotta Terminal.

Mr Carmichael noted however that the sea and seabed in the area are becoming increasingly crowded so any opportunities would bring challenges. Mr Carmichael also noted the existing skills and supply chains from the oil and gas industry as examples of the assets available to support transitional industries.

A total of just under £700m will be paid by the successful applicants in option fees and passed to the Scottish Government for public spending through the ScotWind leasing round.

Mr Carmichael said:

“The announcement of a new offshore wind round presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the Scottish Government and our local communities. There are enormous benefits to be had from investment in renewables generation and green technologies in our coastal and island communities, but it must have buy-in from local people and ensure that our communities have a voice and a stake in the implementation to come.

“Flotta in Orkney and Sullom Voe in Shetland have been massively important to our local economy for the past 40 years. We know that oil is on a gradual downward curve now and it is vital that we take measures to support transitional industries and make use of existing skills. This looks like a good prospect for Flotta to remain an energy hub for some time to come – and for the isles to further contribute to our path to Net Zero.”

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