ESL's David Munro expects the deal to create up to 100 new jobs eventually. Turbines built at ESL are destined primarily for the British market and Ireland. According to Micon's agent in the UK, Bruce Woodman of Windforce, ESL will initially make the towers and nacelles, but Micon is looking at sourcing other components from the UK including hubs and alternators. At first the rate of turbine production at ESL will depend on orders, he says, which in turn depend on the British planning permission process.
Micon is the first overseas wind turbine manufacturer to set up a production base in Scotland. It has a policy of seeking local manufacture of its machines in key markets, Woodman explains. One of the primary reasons for choosing the north east of Scotland are the oil industry skills among the workforce in that area. "You do not make mistakes in the oil industry and you don't make mistakes in wind energy," he says.