Berwick Bank wind farm could provide multi-billion pound boost to the Scottish economy and generate thousands of jobs
One of the largest offshore renewable energy developments in the world could deliver as much as £4.1billion to the Scottish economy over the lifetime of the project, while cutting millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year according to a new report.
Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm is in the development stage and is being taken forward by SSE Renewables. The proposed location is approximately 40km off the coast of East Lothian.
Once complete, which could be by 2030, it has the potential to deliver up to 4.1 GW of installed capacity – making it a critical contributor towards meeting Scottish Government targets of 11GW of new offshore wind energy supply by 2030.
A new economic impact study carried out by independent renewable energy consultants, BVG Associates (BVGA), has shown that at peak construction in 2026 the project could create around 4,650 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Scotland, and 9,300 in the UK – adding an estimated £8.3 billion to the UK economy as a whole over the life-time of the project.
Project director Alex Meredith said: “SSE Renewables is committed to delivering investment in jobs and skills in Scotland through Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm.
“It is clear that if we obtain consent to proceed with Berwick Bank, it will provide a significant boost to the supply chain and encourage investors to get involved in the sector at scale.
“The analysis considers the project’s potential based on an enhanced UK supply scenario, where all plausible procurement decisions for local, Scottish and UK supply are included, which realistically illustrates the huge benefits to the economy if Berwick Bank is approved.
“It represents a significant opportunity to deliver high-quality green jobs that can be sustained throughout the life of the project.”
Once operational, SSE Renewables estimates that Berwick Bank would support around 500 jobs in Scotland (direct, indirect and induced), over the duration of the operational life of the wind farm.
It could consist of up to a maximum of 307 turbines and the strategic location of the wind farm means it will be able to deliver large amounts of power to the GB National Grid.
Alex Meredith added: “Berwick Bank can generate not just enough clean, renewable energy to power over five million homes, which is the equivalent to supplying all of Scotland’s households twice over, it can also generate significant revenue and jobs for Scotland and the UK.
“Given the right investment incentives and supply chain opportunities throughout the project life-cycle Berwick Bank will play a key role in helping the country meet its net zero targets.
“It will also pave the way for the roll out of the proposed Scotwind projects that will further advance the country’s ability to generate abundant green energy.”
About Berwick Bank Wind Farm
Located in the North Sea, in the outer Firth of Forth, Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm has the potential to deliver up to 4.1 GW of installed capacity, making it one of the largest offshore opportunities in the world. Berwick Bank Wind Farm is currently in the development stage but represents an opportunity to secure multi-billion-pound investment in the Scottish supply chain. It is expected that Berwick Bank would generate enough clean, renewable energy to power over 5 million homes, equivalent to supplying all of Scotland’s households twice over, and mean 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is avoided every year – similar to removing all of Scotland’s annual car emissions. Subject to reaching a financial investment decision and appropriate consents, Berwick Bank could be operational by 2030.
About BVG Associates
BVG Associates provides strategy consulting in the wind industry, globally. We combine deep wind industry knowledge with approaches from the world of business consulting. We help our clients succeed in a sustainable global electricity system founded on renewables.
BVG Associates was formed in 2006 and plays a key role globalising offshore wind:
We have a client base including customers of all sizes active wherever the wind industry is active.
We have published many landmark reports on the future of the industry, cost of energy and supply chain.
BVGA was named Advisory of the Year in the Wind Investment Awards 2022. Mona Pettersen was our lead for this work.