This will be the first facility in the UK that can manufacture towers for offshore wind turbines and will be located alongside CS Wind’s current onshore facilities at Campbeltown. It will be able to produce at least 50 towers a year and 70 jobs will be safeguarded as a result.
The DONG Energy investment will enable the contract for the first 95 towers built by CS Wind, which Siemens Wind Power has agreed to take, and will help in the establishment of a tower manufacturing facility in the UK.
Brent Cheshire, Chairman of DONG Energy UK, said: “The UK is the world leader in offshore wind and a growing market for DONG Energy. Our investment means that we and other offshore wind developers will be able to source towers in the UK, which is fantastic news not just for us but the whole UK offshore industry.
“Developing the supply chain in the UK is a strategic priority for DONG Energy. We plan on building more wind farms here, so this investment now will ultimately help us meet our targets in reliably delivering projects on time while bringing down the cost of offshore wind.”
British Energy Minister Baroness Neville Rolfe added: “We have seen £52 billion of investment in renewable energy in the UK since 2010, and we are supporting more offshore wind than any other country in the world.
“This inward investment drives forward positive local supply chain partnerships like this between DONG Energy and CS Wind, delivering economic growth and creating jobs across Scotland and the UK.”