Energy benefit for Angus

SPECULATION is continuing over Montrose’s future place in the offshore wind industry, with Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce claiming that the county could be the hub of the Scottish industry.

Chief executive Alan Mitchell said this week that Angus is right to aspire to be a major centre for the renewable energy business.

Angus Council is already discussing with a renewables company the possible sites for two wind turbines in several locations around the town. The firm, Partnerships for Renewables, was established in 2006 by the Carbon Trust to develop to construct and operate renewable energy projects on public sector land.

The council has confirmed that the former airfield at Broomfield is one site being considered, although no plans have yet been drawn up or are being considered by the authority.

Several inland wind-power projects are currently being touted and Montrose Harbour has been suggested as being ideal to service the industry, particularly offshore facilities.

Billions of pounds will be invested in wind and wave projects over the next two decades and the chamber of commerce has said the county should prepare to take advantage of the new business opportunities this will present.

The chamber intends to work closely with local business to help them benefit and has organised an information event today (Thursday) at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel.

Mr Mitchell said: “Angus and Dundee collectively has the infrastructure to be Scotland’s main renewable energy centre, from the port facilities in Montrose and Dundee to its manufacturing and engineering skills.”