Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Putting Dundee ” at the forefront of green energy production”

29 March 2010

Marlyn Glen is asking the Scottish Government what plans it is drawing up to support the development of Dundee ” at the forefront” of the supply chain for the new offshore energy industry “and so maximising the city’s long-term opportunities to benefit from green energy production”.

Ms. Glen said that the ranking exercise of Scottish ports by Scottish Enterprise in its National Renewables Infrastructure put Dundee second only to Leith for its suitability as the best Scottish coastal base in developing the Scottish sector of the new industry.

Dundee had won recognition from the agency for its proximity to potential offshore sites at Moray Firth, Forth, and at Dogger Bank.

Scottish Enterprise saw the city’s role as chiefly with smaller-scale manufacturing than at Leith and with operations for and the maintenance of the offshore windfarms.

Ms. Glen is asking the Energy Minister what he envisages Scotland’s role will be in the construction and assembly of turbines, ” in the face of strong competition from Europe”.

She said,

“The more manufacturing that can be attracted to Scotland through sustained support from the Scottish Government, the better will be the prospects of developing a strong supply chain in Scotland.

“Manufacturing currently employs 6,800 people in Dundee, and the emerging green industry could provide the local manufacturing sector with significant opportunities to diversify.

“The city could become a hub for offshore supply chain management, including local production and local assembly.”

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