Industry starts UK manufacturing -- Vestas facility in Scotland

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Danish wind turbine maker Vestas is to establish a manufacturing base on Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland. Its fully owned subsidiary, Vestas-Celtic Wind Technology Ltd, will serve the anticipated growth in demand from the British Isles. It is to be located near Campbeltown -- an area where the company has been considering setting up production facilities for some two years (Windpower Monthly, July 2000).

Vestas is to invest around £2.8 million in production equipment and will lease the £9.5 million buildings from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, a body promoting economic development in less favoured areas. Assembly of wind turbines and production of steel towers at the 10,000 square metre factory will start in early 2002. It is expected to create an initial 100 jobs in an area with high unemployment after closure of the Campbeltown shipyard and Machrihanish Air Force base.

"After almost two years of planning, we are extremely pleased that this project is now progressing," says Tom Pedersen, managing director of Vestas Danish Wind Technology A/S, who is responsible for the project. "It will provide an excellent platform for servicing clients in the rapidly expanding markets on the British Islands. Mechanisms are now in place to meet ambitious political targets set for renewable generation of electricity, and the creation of a domestic industry to serve this market is the next natural step." He adds that Scottish Power was instrumental in the project, with its commitment to further expand its portfolio of wind farms in the Kintyre area and elsewhere in Scotland. Pedersen is to be managing director of the new company with residence in Scotland. Peter Nibe Hansen will be managing director of Vestas Danish Wind Technology.

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