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Tower manufacturer ready to expand -- Remote island jobs

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Cambrian Engineering, a British manufacturer of towers for wind turbines, is considering setting up a manufacturing facility on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Western Isles. The company, based in Bangor, Wales, says a new portside facility at Arnish Point on the outskirts of Stornoway would allow it to manufacture towers and monopiles for the offshore wind industry.

"The Arnish site and large workshop are ideal for the purpose and can be brought into use in a short timescale," says the company's David Williams. "We are excited by the possibilities and have received very encouraging support for this initiative from our customers and wind farm developers."

The facility, which is dependent on securing financial support from Western Isles Enterprise (WIE), could create up to 60 full time jobs. Cambrian is the largest of the companies considering locating in the former oil fabrication yard, which is undergoing a £5 million revamp to attract development to the area. Plans for the site include upgrading the large fabrication workshop, better road access, new crane facilities and berthing improvements. Funding of some £1.7 million is being sought from the European Regional Development Fund.

Williams says he had initially considered expanding to Holyhead in north Wales, but discussions with the Welsh Assembly had appeared to be leading nowhere. He adds that by contrast he is impressed by Scotland's commitment to renewable energy projects, and by the enthusiasm and co-ordinated strategies of the Stornoway Trust, the local council and WIE.

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