CS Wind set to axe 60 jobs at Scotland’s sole wind turbine tower factory

Components on the ground at the CS Wind tower factory at Machrihanish.
Components on the ground at the CS Wind tower factory at Machrihanish.

Up to 60 Scottish energy jobs are to be cut in Campbeltown which is the UK home of a Korean-owned company which manufactures towers for wind turbines

Less than a year ago a CS Wind bought Kintyre’s Wind Towers Scotland in a blaze of publicity and promised at least 70 jobs.

It was unclear if the problems would affect plans to build a new factory for offshore wind equipment.

CS Wind was not immediately available for comment. Of the three Korean nationals who are listed as Directors of the UK company, only one resides in UK-England.

The company supplies towers for many of the major German and Danish turbine manufacturers.

But local councillor Rory Colville said he understood plans for a new factory to build offshore wind power equipment would still go ahead, with construction due to start in July 2017.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said market conditions were difficult for onshore wind energy firms but he also criticised the UK ministers for their “failure” to provide a viable ‘route to market’ for new projects.

He said: “The announcement is disappointing news for the workforce at Machrihanish and the wider Campbeltown community and will be an extremely difficult time for those affected and their families.

“I understand from my own discussions with management that this is part of CS Wind UK’s drive to improve the long term sustainability of the Machrihanish facility in the face of challenging market conditions.”

Mike Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute (who is also the Scot-govt Minister for keeping Scotland in the EU)  said: “I have been seeking assurances on the future of the staff who have been put on notice about possible job losses.”

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