Areva to construct offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant in East Scotland
French multinational conglomerate Areva has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a sponsored non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Enterprise to construct a new offshore wind turbine manufacturing plant in the country.
The proposed facility will manufacture 5MW wind turbines for offshore projects in the United Kingdom to complement its Le Havre facilities that will supply the same products to projects across France, Belgium and southern UK.
Areva is expected to employ its field-proven M5000 technology at the facility and generate close to 750 new jobs for the regional populace, a move widely welcomed in the UK.
Commenting on the developments United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron remarked that the investments in the renewable energy sector in the last three years have made the country the world's biggest offshore market.
"Growth of the renewable energy sector isn't just good for our environment, it's good for our economy too," said Cameron.
Areva CEO Luc Oursel added, "This demonstrates the group's commitment to contribute to the development of an ambitious offshore wind industry in the UK.
"The Scottish site will complete our industrial plan to supply European offshore wind projects and will strongly position us to grasp opportunities in the extensive UK market."