Construction of £2 billion Scottish wind farm set to resume

THE construction of a £2 billion offshore wind farm in the Firth of Forth could resume, after being paused in March following the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement, Matthias Haag, of EDF Energy, said on the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) project, “I am writing to let you know that following the latest Scottish Government guidance on infrastructure projects in the energy sector, NnG may resume construction during the week beginning Monday 18th May at the earliest.”

Once complete, EDF said that NNG will supply enough low carbon electricity for around 375,000 homes – offsetting over 400,000 tonnes of Co2 emissions every year, the firm added.

Mr Haag continued, “Health and safety is at the forefront of what we do and I want to assure you that, as well as strictly following the Scottish Government guidance, and in particular physical distancing, all workers have been instructed to travel directly to the sites and avoid using any local amenities unless absolutely necessary.

“Initially, we will only have a few people on site to put in place control measures so the rest of the team can start work safely later that week. Once that’s happened we will have a reduced workforce on site, including essential supervisory staff.

“The arrangements we have put in place will be under regular review as we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and follow the Scottish Government’s guidance.”