Our commitment to maximise local contractors

We are pleased to announce our commitment to use a free online portal to maximise the involvement of Shetland-based contractors and sub-contractors.

Statkraft has signed up to the Open4Business (O4B) portal and urges Shetland companies and suppliers to register so they can find out more about opportunities that will be available if the project is consented by the Scottish Government.

The Open4Business portal is owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and managed by Inverness Chamber of Commerce. Shetland-based businesses so far registered, include civil engineering firms, plant hire companies, transport and haulage providers, accommodation providers, consultants and fencers.

The commitment to advertise contracts via O4B is the latest action taken by Statkraft to ensure local businesses and communities would benefit from the Energy Isles project. Other actions taken include:

  • Suppliers Days in Lerwick and Yell
  • Establishment of Shetland Renewables Development Network (SRDN)
  • Commitment to deliver a community benefit fund of £24m over 30 years.
  • Offering an opportunity for the community to participate in Shared Ownership of the project.

Charlotte Healey, Project Manager for Statkraft, said:

“The origins of this project within the Yell and Shetland communities make it even more important that the local economy gains the maximum benefit. We want to take advantage of the decades of experience that Shetland businesses have working in the energy industry and the O4B platform offers the perfect way of doing that.”

The proposed wind farm was initially conceived by a group of Shetland businesses who formed Energy Isles Ltd in 2014 to pursue the application which was originally submitted in May 2019. Statkraft was announced as the development partner in October 2019 and submitted its final plans for the wind farm to the Scottish Government in August 2020.

O4B Programme Manager Sandra McCaughey welcomed the strong commitment shown at this early stage by Statkraft to ensure Shetland businesses have visibility of contract opportunities and the chance to bid for work which would be available through the Energy Isles project. She added:

“I am delighted that Statkraft has signed up to use Open4Business. By making a commitment to using the Open4Business portal Statkraft are strengthening the actions they have already taken to ensure local businesses and communities will gain maximum benefit from the Energy Isles project. I am looking forward to working closely with Statkraft to support their aims to deliver a positive impact for Shetland businesses and communities”

David Taylor, HIE – Senior Development Manager, Energy and Low Carbon said:

“The Open4Business online portal has been fantastic in connecting developers with local contractors, including more than 70 Shetland firms who are registered on the free portal. Inverness Chamber of Commerce have done great work in promoting O4B to global company Statkraft, who clearly recognise the potential benefits of the portal in connecting with the wider Shetland supply chain.”

Katrina Wiseman HIE Shetland Area Team Leader said:

“We are delighted to see developers committing to promoting future opportunities through the O4B site with the Energy Isles project as the next prospect. This will allow Shetland businesses to tender for work increasing the local economic benefits and employment arising from these projects.”

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