Dundee: Energy Dundee

Key Sectors: Commercial/office, Industrial and manufacturing, Renewable energy


Dundee is focusing its attention on the future of energy in Scotland, be that the development of the oil and gas sector, offshore renewables, decommissioning or indeed new energy sources such as hydrogen.


The Energy sector is an important part of the future for Dundee and
the broader Tayside economy. The sector encompasses: offshore wind, oil & gas, decommissioning (driven by the proximity of the Scottish Offshore Wind projects) and emerging and growing areas such as hydrogen; electric vehicles and a general market demand to lower energy costs and become more sustainable.

Dundee’s strategic location allows the city to compete in regional, national and international markets. It is a well-connected location – allowing access to 90% of Scotland’s population within a 90 minute drive time, and this is advantageous across all sectors, including offshore wind. 

Forth & Tay Offshore Alliance is a recently established public and private partnership aimed at attracting and retaining investment in offshore related manufacturing and servicing to the Forth & Tay region. Dundee’s cluster approach brings together regional strengths from across Tayside and Fife in the engineering/manufacturing sectors via networks, such as Energy Dundee and the Forth and Tay Cluster to support the offshore sector. 

The strengths include proximity to the wind farms on the east coast of Scotland, existing facilities and infrastructure investment, land supply, existing skills, and importantly balance of plant manufacture and operations and
maintenance credentials.

Aims of the cluster:
  • Establish the cluster proposition
  • Supply chain development
  • Event programme
  • Skills development
  • Develop and establish strategic relationships and collaborations

Given the significant public and private investment made in infrastructure, Dundee City Council and our partners are commited to ensure that Dundee becomes the hub for offshore wind, renewable energy and decommissioning on the east coast of Scotland. This investment includes £10M by Forth Ports to create a new quayside with an industry-leading “heavy lift” capability, coupled with a significant onshore operational area; £5M of investment by the John Lawrie Group to build a decommissioning platform; and Dundee City Council’s investment in access and trunk roads into the port and offsite land for supply chain development. in December 2019, Forth Ports announced further investment of £40 million into infrastructure at Dundee Port to support the development of the energy sector, and create further opportunities for investment. This investment demonstrates their confidence in the long term energy markets for offshore wind and decommissioning at Port of Dundee. 

World class R&D – Dundee is home to world class R&D facilities. The cities two universities offer world class research, skilled staff and training opportunities. The University of Dundee has significant expertise and experience of working with developers in the offshore wind sector and offers an interdisciplinary and integrated approach bringing together experts, researchers, and knowledge. In addition, University of Dundee has key strengths in advising on deployment of foundations, substructures and turbines, and addressing the challenges of installing these structures in different conditions. 

Dundee has a population of 148,710 (490,000 within the Tay Region) providing access to a skilled labour market, with experience in engineering, manufacturing and technical sectors. 

The city offers an educated workforce with a student to population ratio of 1:5, generating graduate output across relevant disciplines and opportunities for the energy sector. 

The strong partnership established in Dundee is committed to building an industry that is focused on the offshore market, and with the natural wind resource just off of our coast line we are optimistic for the future. 

Hydrogen Facilities

Dundee City Council are a partner in a Horizon 2020 project, funded by the European Union, called Jive 2. It is a core element within the overall low-carbon transport strategy for the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc and its development will be one of the earliest cornerstone projects. 

The project will see the delivery and operation of 12 hydrogen fuelled
double-decker buses, together with an on-site hydrogen generation
and dispensing station. 

The project will enable the development of a national hydrogen knowledge hub to serve the expansion of hydrogen as a wholly zero carbon alternative transport fuel within Scotland. The project brings together public and private expertise to evolve, improve and expand the zero-carbon public transport offer.

Dundee Port

The Port of Dundee is owned and operated by Forth Ports Ltd. It is the closest port to a range of Scottish east coast offshore wind development zones and is optimally positioned for fabrication, mobilisation and decommissioning projects for the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry.

Dundee Port offers unrestricted access to the North Sea 24/7; 1600m of quayside; 60 acres for Fabrication and Marshalling; Six working berths; Gottwald 1500 tonne crane; high capacity heavy lift, wharfs and quays including 200m Purpose-built heavy-lift quayside; normal operating draft of 8.5m; jack-up capability and full mobilisation and demobilisation capability/services.

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