This report, commissioned by Crown Estate Scotland, reviews the opportunity for Scotland’s ports to support the large volume of offshore wind development required to reach Net Zero. It follows the launch by Crown Estate Scotland of Scotland’s first offshore wind leasing round for a decade, ScotWind Leasing, which is set to kick start Scotland’s new generation of offshore wind farms and build new demand for port infrastructure.
Challenges and opportunities for port infrastructure provision in Scotland are identified and recommendations made, including:
Taking steps to increase the port capacity that is suitable for large scale offshore wind developments, in particular for the large construction phase port activities
Establishing a national strategic approach to how offshore wind port facilities are developed
Developing new optimal operation & maintenance facilities which open up the right opportunities for Scotland’s ports