SCOTLAND is expected to lose £60bn including billions from the public purse through the surrender of nearly two thirds of the potential supply chain bonanza and the ‘underselling’ of leasing rights for the offshore wind revolution, the Herald on Scotland can reveal.
The 20 ScotWind projects, with a combined potential generating capacity of 27.6GW – estimated to be enough to power over 14m homes – were offered new rights to develop offshore wind power last year in a move hailed by the First Minister as a “truly historic” opportunity for Scotland’s net zero economy.
The Herald on Sunday can reveal that according to declarations made to gain rights to ScotWind over £47m of the £76.5bn of supply chain commitments covering at least the first six years of operation will leave Scotland. Those commitments cover investment in development, manufacturing, installation and operations.
And it has further emerged that while ScotWind raised £755,000 from seabed lease deals – similar schemes in the US and in England have generated up to 18 times that for the public purse.…/23300089.scotwind…/

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