Comhairle welcomes offshore wind announcement

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Three of the  deployment zones for new offshore wind developments announced by the Crown Estate Scotland this week are around the Outer Hebrides.

The ScotWind Offshore Wind Leasing Round awards Option Agreements to Offshore Wind developers for 17 identified deployment zones around Scotland.

Three of these deployment zones – N2, N3 and N4 – are located around the Outer Hebrides and Option Agreements have been awarded in all three Hebridean areas.

Canadian developer, Northland Power, have been awarded Option Agreements for areas N2 (north east of the Butt of Lewis) and N4 (west of Lewis) while the Norwegian consortium, Magnora Offshore (partnering with Technip FMC), have been awarded an Option Agreement for area N3, north west of the Butt of Lewis.

Commenting on the lease awards, Councillor Roddie Mackay, Leader of the Local Authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: ‘We are very pleased that Northland Power and Magnora Offshore have been awarded Offshore Wind leases in Hebridean waters.

‘There is an historic affinity between the people of the Outer Hebrides and those of Norway and Canada and today’s announcement marks the start of a strengthened relationship which, we believe, will bring real and enduring benefit to island businesses and communities; introducing investment at a scale that will support our drive towards Net Zero through Green Hydrogen production and locally sourced electricity.’