Areva announces wind turbine manufacturing base in East Scotland
19 November 2012
A memorandum of understanding signed today in Paris is a step towards establishing an Areva factory in Scotland that will manufacture the company's 5MWe turbines for offshore projects.
The move is part of the group’s strategy to establish a manufacturing base that will cover the European market from three main industrial hubs in Germany (Bremerhaven), France (Le Havre) and the UK (Eastern Scotland).
Areva chose to locate its future facility in East Scotland in order to optimise logistics costs for UK projects and to benefit from a growing cluster of offshore supply chain businesses in the area. Its development has the potential to create 750 direct jobs in the manufacture of wind turbines and blades.
The group is one of the leading offshore wind suppliers in Europe where the installed base for offshore is expected to exceed 40,000 MWe by 2030. Thanks to its field-proven M5000 technology and unique experience in the field, AREVA is well positioned to grasp significant growth opportunities in the UK, which is now home to the world’s largest offshore wind market.
In the UK, AREVA is also involved in both nuclear decommissioning and plans for new build where it is actively working to develop a local industrial supply chain.
RenewableUK chief executive, Maria McCaffery said today’s announcement by AREVA is the latest in a series of commitments by big companies determined to seize the opportunity to maintain Britain’s worldwide lead in offshore wind. "It provides tangible proof of the growing importance of renewables to the UK’s industrial base," she said.
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