Wind Power: North Sea

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be created for UK-resident (a) seafarers and (b) divers at the (i) transportation, (ii) installation, (iii) construction and (iv) maintenance phases of the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm; and what recent assurances he has sought from Red Rock Power regarding the contractors engaged to carry out each phase of work.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

No estimates have been made by the Government on the number of jobs that will be created by the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm.

Red Rock has publicly stated the Inch Cape project could create up to 1,900 jobs in the UK during construction. http://www.inchcapewind.com/news/Inch_Cape_Offshore_Wind_Development_announces_supply_chain_commitments

The project will also create long-term local jobs during the operations and maintenance of the windfarm.

The Department meets regularly with all offshore wind developers to understand their plans for delivering projects in the UK.

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