Wind turbine giant Vestas has announced plans to build a factory in the UK that will help to create 2,000 jobs.
The Danish-owned firm is applying for planning permission for a new plant at Sheerness in Kent to build turbines for the offshore wind industry.
The announcement follows Vestas’ controversial decision to close a factory on the Isle of Wight with the loss of hundreds of jobs.
Campaign group Greenpeace said today’s announcement was “excellent news”, showing there were huge opportunities in the UK for renewable energy.
A Vestas spokesman said: “Vestas is prepared to make the necessary significant investment in turning the option into a full lease and building the planned new production facilities, thereby creating more than 2,000 direct and indirect new jobs provided the V164-7.0 MW order pipeline materialises as expected.
“With this option agreement in place, Vestas has shown its willingness and commitment to making major investments benefiting the UK, but Vestas alone cannot make it happen.”
Swale Borough Council leader Andrew Bowles said: “While due planning processes will have to be adhered to, a manufacturing base of such a scale could see the creation of thousands of jobs in the borough.
“Although there is a long way to go, such an announcement is extremely positive news for everyone on the island, and in Swale as a whole.”