Work on Britain’s first offshore wind tower factory started today in Argyllshire with a ground-breaking ceremony attended by the Scottish Energy Minister.
CS Wind UK’s base in Campbeltown, which employs 175 people, is set for a £27 million investment after its acquisition by South Korean manufacturer CS Wind Corporation earlier this year.
It is expected that the investment will create 160 new jobs at the factory.
CS Wind has factories in China, Vietnam and Canada, and has already manufactured more than 6,000 towers worldwide. The investment will increase production volume at the existing onshore wind tower factory and allow for the fabrication of larger diameter towers for the offshore wind sector.
Mr Young-Jae Ryu, Managing Director, CS Wind UK, said: “This event and the signing of these agreements marks the start of significant investment in the factory, which will ensure high-quality, cost competitive towers for both on and offshore wind projects being built in the UK.
“CS Wind UK’s investment is a strong signal that UK manufacturers and suppliers have an important part to play in the development of offshore windfarm projects, securing jobs and a long-term future for the local economies.”
Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse was joinedby CS Wind Corporation Chairman Seong-Gon Gim and Charles Hay, UK Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, at the ground-breaking ceremony.
Wheelhouse said: “The £27 million investment undertaken by CS Wind UK, which will increase production capacity at the Campbeltown plant, highlights the importance of both the onshore and offshore wind sectors to the Scottish economy.
“I warmly welcome this important collaboration, which will help to deliver on our aim for Scottish engineering and the wider renewables supply chain to capture a far greater share of the economic value arising from the construction phase of wind energy projects.
Yesterday Vattenfall announced the signing of an MoU with CS Wind UK to work together on a number of onshore and offshore wind projects in the future.
Today CS Wind are also signing a MoU with Siemens to produce up to 200 offshore towers between 2017 and 2019.
Wheelhouse added: “This is a further endorsement of CS Wind’s investment in the Machrihanish factory, which will secure local jobs in the Kintyre area.
“It also reinforces our view that offshore wind energy represents not only a vital energy resource, and Scotland is a highly competitive location for projects, but also that the supply chain for the technology presents a huge economic opportunity for both Scotland and the UK.”