Offshore renewable manufacturing and green power generating capability are part of a new development strategy for Rosyth, a port in Scotland.
Along with the construction of a new freight terminal, the plan, developed by Babcock International, Forth Ports Group, and Scarborough Muir Group, also calls for a new rail freight connection.
The corporations claim that the initiative has the potential to bring in £1 billion in investment and create 7,000 new direct green jobs. This will result from the construction of an approximately 150-hectare plot of land in Rosyth that has been designated as a potential site for the Forth Green Freeport.
The Forth Green Freeport, in collaboration with Fife Council and other bid partners like City of Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council, Edinburgh Airport, and INEOS, seeks to create high-quality green manufacturing and logistics jobs while repurposing current assets and fostering the development of new skills to hasten the transition to a low-carbon future.
The newly created jobs would primarily support industries like shipbuilding, advanced manufacturing, offshore wind assembly, and low-carbon energy production.
Additionally, Burntisland is anticipated to be a sister port facility to the recently established Renewables Hub at the Port of Leith, offering additional deepwater access and local supply chain capability as offshore wind deployment develops, producing new employment possibilities.
Charles Hammond, CEO of Forth Ports Group, said “Scotland needs to boost its international connectivity and our plan for new freight hub and rail terminals will offer manufacturers and shippers a fast-track route to global and European markets directly via the North Sea.”
“Our plan builds upon the recent DFDS announcement, which aims to see the return of a direct daily freight ferry route to northern Europe from Scotland, while offering an alternative to the congested Dover Straits and reducing dependence on road transport, while boosting trade.”