EU Grant For Aberdeen Welcomed

15 December 2010
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today welcomed news that the proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) to be situated in Aberdeen Bay has received an EU grant of up to 40m Euros.
Smith was formerly a member of the European Parliament's Industry, Energy and Research Committee.

The support comes from the EU Recovery Plan and is part of wider proposals to invest in key energy and internet broadband infrastructure projects. The EU Grant will support both development and capital costs associated with the EOWDC.

Smith said:

"This grant is a massive boost for the development of the centre, as well as the development of renewables more widely.

"This facility will be a huge benefit to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, as well as to Scotland's already widely known reputation as a hub for renewable energy research and development.

"I applaud the team for their work so far and look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours."

With provision for up to eleven offshore wind turbines, EOWDC would enable the accelerated development of offshore wind power by proving the next generation of technology in a real time offshore environment. It is hoped that the facility would create jobs and economic benefit by attracting scientists, researchers, engineers, offshore wind supply chain companies and future investment in a fast growing sector.

More information on the European Economic Recovery Plan can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/publication13504_en.pdf