17 January 2022
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to Crown Estate Scotland’s announcement
Offshore and seafarer union RMT today responded to Crown Estate Scotland’s announcement of 17 fixed and floating offshore wind projects in Scottish waters in exchange for nearly £700m from developers, including Shell, BP, Total, Spanish-owned Scottish Power Renewables, SSE, Vattenfall and Orsted. A total of 24.8GW energy capacity is expected from these projects.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch, said:
“Whilst ScotWind provides security for oil and gas majors, Scotland’s manufacturing and offshore workers continue to face chronic job insecurity and a lack of viable re-training routes.
“Crown Estate Scotland’s supply chain requirements in the ScotWind process set lower local content targets than the Tories in Westminster, so it is essential for investment in local content at every stage of these mammoth projects to be done in consultation with trade unions.
“That is the only way to get around the weaknesses in the supply chain process and ramp up jobs and skills across the offshore wind supply chain in Scotland over the next decade.”