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Vattenfall and Siemens source UK-made towers

UK: The UK branch of South Korean firm CS Wind has signed memorandums of understanding with developers Vattenfall and Siemens to supply towers to UK projects.

CS Wind is set to supply towers to Vattenfall and Siemens projects
CS Wind is set to supply towers to Vattenfall and Siemens projects

CS Wind has started building works on a new £27 million factory in Campbeltown, Scotland to supply towers to onshore and offshore projects.

The factory will create 160 new jobs at the site, which already employs 175 people. CS Wind acquired the site when it bought the Wind Towers (Scotland) firm in April 2016.

The upgraded facility will increase onshore tower production and allow larger-diameter offshore towers to be made.

Under its deal with Vattenfall, CS Wind will be able to tender for tower supply contracts on all future onshore projects, the Swedish developer said. There will also be further discussions on supplying future offshore projects.

Vattenfall said it could need over 100 towers if all of its current development pipeline in the UK – mostly in Scotland – is built.

For Siemens, CS Wind will supply 200 offshore towers between 2018 and 2019.

"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," said CS Wind UK managing director Young-Jae Ryu.

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