Wind turbine blades to be manufactured in Isle of Wight as part of programme to secure up to 800 UK jobs

RenewableUK has welcomed the announcement by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind that they intend to commence serial production of blades at their Isle of Wight blade technology centre from as early as quarter two 2015.
Renewableuk logoThe Isle of Wight centre currently functions as a testing and verification centre for the development of the blades, but the announcement that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will lease the production hall from January 2015 could lead to serial manufacturing and represents what has been described by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind CEO Jens Tommerup as: “the first stage of our industrial strategy here in the UK”.

The strategy is expected in total to result in the safeguarding or creating of 800 jobs and up to £200million worth of investment, provided firm and unconditional offers are made to the joint venture for the purchase of turbines.

The announcement was made by the Secretary of State Rt Hon Edward Davey MP at the RenewableUK 36th Annual Conference in Manchester and comes on the same day as new figures show that jobs in medium and large onshore and offshore wind have increased by 8% over the last year and RenewableUK launched a faces of wind energy campaign to highlight the varied roles in the sector.

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