160 new jobs set for Ar­gyll fac­tory

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A GROUND- BREAK­ING cer­e­mony will take place to­day (July 7) to cel­e­brate the in­vest­ment of more than £27 mil­lion by CS Wind to up­grade its Machri­han­ish fa­cil­ity to be the only UK fac­tory ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing off­shore tow­ers for the UK and Euro­pean mar­kets.

The in­vest­ment is ex­pected to cre­ate 160 new jobs at the fac­tory.

The cer­e­mony fol­lows a civic re­cep­tion in Camp­bel­town town hall last night, hosted by CS Wind Cor­po­ra­tion’s chair­man Gim Seong- gon.

WORK on the UK’s first off­shore wind tower fac­tory will of­fi­cially start in Ar­gyll to­day (July 7) fol­low­ing a ground-break­ing cer­e­mony at­tended by Scot­land’s en­ergy min­is­ter, Paul Wheel­house MSP.

Mr Wheel­house will join CS Wind Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Seong- Gon Gim and Charles Hay, UK am­bas­sador to the Repub­lic of Korea.

CS Wind UK’s base in Camp­bel­town, which em­ploys 175 peo­ple, is set for a £27mil­lion in­vest­ment after an acquisition by South Korean man­u­fac­turer CS Wind Cor­po­ra­tion in April. The com­pany has al­ready man­u­fac­tured more than 6,000 tow­ers world­wide.

It is ex­pected that the de­vel­op­ments will cre­ate 160 new jobs at the fa­cil­ity.

CS Wind’s in­vest­ment will in­crease pro­duc­tion vol­ume at the ex­ist­ing on­shore wind tower fac­tory and al­low for the fab­ri­ca­tion of larger di­am­e­ter tow­ers for the off­shore wind sec­tor.

Young-Jae Ryu, man­ag­ing direc­tor CS Wind UK , said: ‘This event marks the start of sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the fac­tory, which will en­sure high qual­ity, cost com­pet­i­tive tow­ers for both on and off­shore wind projects be­ing built in the UK.

‘CS Wind UK’s in­vest­ment is strong sig­nal that UK man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers have an im­por­tant part to play in the de­vel­op­ment of off­shore wind-farm projects, se­cur­ing jobs and a long-term fu­ture for the lo­cal economies.’

Guy Mortimer, Vat­ten­fall’s head of on­shore wind de­vel­op­ment in the UK, said: ‘ The Scot­tish on­shore wind sec­tor has grown sig­nif­i­cantly and made an im­por­tant eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion in Scot­land thanks to con­tin­ued Scot­tish Govern­ment sup­port. We hope that the off­shore wind sec­tor will fol­low suit.

‘As a re­sult ma­jor com­pa­nies like CS Wind UK, em­ploy­ing nearly 200 lo­cal peo­ple, are mak­ing sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments in the Scot­tish econ­omy.

‘ Vat­ten­fall is de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of on­shore wind farms in the UK and so we wel­come this op­por­tu­nity to sup­port and co- op­er­ate with CS Wind UK and help it con­tinue its Scot­tish eco­nomic suc­cess.’

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing means that Vat­ten­fall will give CS Wind UK the op­por­tu­nity to ten­der for tower sup­ply con­tracts on fu­ture Vat­ten­fall on­shore wind farm projects. Vat­ten­fall has also com­mit­ted to dis­cuss fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties as­so­ci­ated with its UK off­shore wind projects.

Vat­ten­fall has a num­ber of on­shore wind farms in de­vel­op­ment in the UK to­day. If con­structed, its on­shore wind farm de­vel­op­ment projects in Scot­land alone would re­quire in ex­cess of 100 tow­ers. Vat­ten­fall is also de­vel­op­ing the Euro­pean Off­shore Wind De­ploy­ment Cen­tre, off Aberdeen, with 11 tur­bines and is due to start the plan­ning process on its 1.8GW Nor­folk Van­guard in the south­ern North Sea.

The im­proved fa­cil­ity will al­low larger di­am­e­ter tow­ers to be built for the off­shore wind sec­tor.

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