Japanese firm plans cable factory in Scotland to meet wind demand

Japan's Sumitomo Electric Industries has announced plans to establish a power cable factory in the Scottish Highlands to meet UK demand for offshore wind grid connections as well as European interconnector projects.

Scotland needs additional grid capacity to accommodate its growing offshore wind sector (Image credit: TVP)

The factory will provide local production, stable supply and long-term operation and maintenance services, Sumitomo said. The firm did not disclose the value of its investment in the factory. 

“Sumitomo Electric has the technologies necessary for the development of a green society and will work with the Scottish and UK governments and other stakeholders on future offshore wind power and interconnector projects in the region,” said Osamu Inoue, president and chief operating officer of Sumitomo Electric. 

Neil Gray, Scottish cabinet secretary for energy, said the announcement demonstrated investor confidence in the country’s vision for a net zero economy. Scotland has ambitions to install more than 27GW of offshore wind generating capacity.