Multi-million supply chain boost as major floating wind farm launches supplier portal

18/09/2023
EGS Ventus in port at Peterhead

THE joint venture partners behind the proposed Muir Mhòr floating offshore wind farm, located off the east coast of Scotland, are marking a major project milestone with the launch of its supplier portal, potentially unlocking over £12 million of domestic supply chain opportunities. 

Prospective suppliers, technical innovators, skills providers and development partners are being invited to engage with the project team via a new supplier registration page on the dedicated project website, www.muirmhor.co.uk.

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The development marks a formalisation of the project’s commitment to open, transparent and inclusive engagement with the supply chain from an early stage – with a key ambition being to stimulate growth within the domestic supply chain and realise local opportunities as far as possible. 

The joint venture partners behind Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm, Fred. Olsen Seawind and Vattenfall, combine decades of industry experience and expertise in technology and innovation – in addition to a vast portfolio of successful onshore and offshore projects which have utilised local contractors and supply chains.

Interested parties are being encouraged to register in advance of specific Meet the Buyer events which will take place in the coming months. 

Commenting on the major project milestone, David Hinshelwood, Project Director for Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm, said:

“ScotWind represents a major investment in Scotland’s green energy future, and it is key that this once-in-a-generation opportunity also stimulates sustainable growth of a world-class Scottish supply chain.

“Collaborative supply chain engagement has been a key project focus since launching in 2022. We are committed to exploring local opportunities and actively investigating what is feasible in Scotland, and have undertaken positive, early discussions with supply chain partners over the last 12 months. 

“The launch of our supply chain portal formalises this engagement and marks an important next step for the project. We look forward to meeting many potential suppliers at upcoming conferences and industry events, and encourage prospective suppliers, innovators and partners to contact us through the portal to realise opportunities.”

Procurement and Commercial Manager for Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm, Stephen Kennedy, added: 

“From the outset of the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm project, we have actively investigated what supply chain opportunities are feasible in Scotland and explored local supplier options first. 

“This has seen us award over £3.87 million to Scottish suppliers in development contracts, with further contracting opportunities, and unlock key STEM skills opportunities locally through Xodus’ X-Academy, UHI Future Leaders Fund and other community initiatives.

“Whilst there are well-known capacity challenges in the domestic supply chain, market growth in the Scottish and UK offshore wind supply chain is hugely positive. Our transparent, collaborative approach to supply chain development will ensure that we provide feedback to potential suppliers on development plans, work with others to realise opportunities and deliver value through the supply chain where possible.”

Prospective suppliers and partners can contact the Muir Mhòr Offshore Wind Farm team by visiting: www.muirmhor.co.uk/our-supply-chain

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