Areva has confirmed it will locate its UK turbine manufacturing facility in Scotland, a pledge it has included in a strategic agreement with Scottish Enterprise.
The move is a boost to the Scottish industry, after wind turbine maker Doosan Power Systems withdrew its plans to open a manufacturing facility at its existing Centre of Excellence in Renfrew earlier this year.
Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said: “Scotland shares Areva’s vision of a cleaner tomorrow. Today’s announcement provides a further boost to Scotland’s position as one of Europe’s key locations for offshore wind and takes us another significant step further in achieving our ambitious carbon reduction target.
“The manufacturing of nacelles and blades for these turbines in Scotland will deliver nationwide economic benefits as well as much welcome inward investment to the chosen location once that has been agreed.”
Areva chief executive Luc Oursel, said: “Scotland is known to be a pioneer in renewables and its commitment to offshore wind in particular was a key part of our decision to locate our future UK manufacturing base there. This new facility is part of Areva’s strategy to establish a manufacturing footprint that will cover the European market.”
Energy secretary Edward Davey said: “Offshore wind is a multi-billion pound opportunity for UK plc, which we must seize with both hands.
“With the biggest market in the world, a world-class skills base, and one of the best natural wind resources available anywhere, the UK is extremely well-placed to continue to lead the world in developing this technology.”