At FOW23, a group of Shetland-based organisations and developers of future Shetland energy projects are collaborating to promote the energy vision, supply chain, and infrastructure in the islands. This approach enables efficient use of resources while promoting the Shetland Islands as a place to invest for future offshore wind developments.
A ‘Shetland – Islands of Opportunity’ stand will have representation from each of these organisations to help place Shetland at the centre of the energy transition.
At the heart of clean energy
While Shetland is the northern most region in Scotland, it is far from being at the edge. It sits right in the heart of Scotland and Europe’s energy industry. With abundant natural resources, an energy and marine industry supply chain developed over decades and a skilled workforce, Shetland is the ideal location for clean energy generation that can make a major contribution towards the country’s net zero ambitions.
The heritage of oil and gas in the islands also presents potential opportunities for the transition to clean energy through repurposing and reuse of existing infrastructure. Well-established ports such as those at Lerwick and Sullom Voe could be used to support offshore wind developments and other clean energy industries.
The journey to offshore wind in Shetland has already begun. Option Agreements have been signed for 2.8GW by 3 developers on the NE1 site to the East of Shetland through ScotWind, with interest in future sites and further ambition from the Scottish and UK Governments to encourage the potential for additional offshore wind.
With the energy industry shifting rapidly to new technologies and alternative sources of energy, Shetland can lead the way and make a huge contribution to the country’s energy transition. At FOW23, the collaboration will showcase Shetland’s decades of experience of supporting the energy sector and how the islands are strategically placed to be at the forefront of the energy transition.
Here, we provide more information about the organisations working together to build a clean energy future in Shetland.