A new turbine manufacturing site is set to be located in the UK, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs.
Areva, one of Europe’s biggest offshore wind energy companies, has announced plans to build a manufacturing site in Scotland.
The company plans to explore offshore sites around Scotland and to build a (nacelle) turbine and blade manufacturing facility in the east of Scotland. The move will help the company fulfil their goals of supplying European offshore wind projects.
The agreement, between French company Areva and Scottish Enterprise, could see the creation of 750 new jobs in the renewable energy sector. Staff will be needed in areas such as manufacturing and other roles in the supply chain industry will be opened up.
Five-megawatt turbines are set to be manufactured at the new site and will be in addition to others built at the company’s base in Le Havre. The Le Havre factory will be supplying France and Belgium. There are also plans to develop a third site in Germany.
Areva also outlined how they are looking to reduce costs for UK offshore wind projects.
Another company that have outlined plans to build wind site in the UK include Siemens, who are set to build a turbine factory in Hull, although a date has yet to be confirmed for the development.