A FRENCH renewable energy firm has opened an extension to its Edinburgh office to accommodate 60 new jobs.

EDF Renewables created the new positions through the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm project.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay marked the opening day yesterday, saying the expansion shows the company’s “strong commitment to investing in Scotland”.

He added it also “reflects the value of our huge natural resources and our progressive and pro-business policies”.

“Projects like the Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm will add to what is a growing industry for Scotland, with huge potential for further economic benefit and job creation,” Mackay said. “The Scottish Government is determined the supply chain and economic benefits of this industry will be fully realised.”

The Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm is planned to begin construction later this year.

The wind farm will provide enough energy to power more than 375,000 homes.