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Question reference: S6W-25641

  • Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 21 February 2024
  • Current status: Answered by Gillian Martin on 28 February 2024


To ask the Scottish Government, in relation to the 38 Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) Strategic Investment Model projects that have completed Stage 1, whether it will provide a breakdown by local authority area of where the projects are located, and what the potential capital value is.


The Strategic Investment Model (SIM), an initiative devised to respond to the recommendations within the Strategic Investment Assessment, is a novel industry-led approach which is delivering for the offshore wind sector in Scotland.

The SIM is helping the Government, our agencies and the sector to identify key, shared priorities with an initial focus on investment in ports and harbours infrastructure improvements, manufacturing and fabrication. There is a strong pipeline of port infrastructure and supply chain projects now emerging through the SIM process.

On February 20 the SIM published details of 32 of the 38 projects that have successfully completed stage one of the process and have a completed project prospectus. 6 SIM projects have requested confidentiality. Strategic Investment Model Stage 2 projects announced | HIE (

An initial first three projects have been selected by the SIM to move into Stage 2 involving facilitated meetings between offshore wind developers and project proponents.

Currently, the 38 SIM projects have a combined total Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) of around £6.5BN.

Some project information is still commercially confidential. Therefore, the release of any further information will be undertaken by the SIM group. For more information, please contact Maf Smith, Lumen Energy & Environment, at [email protected].