Reblogged from RENews 05/02/2015
MHI Vestas is seeking up to 200 people to work at its new wind turbine blade production facility on the Isle of Wight.
Production of 80-metre units for the company’s 8MW V164 offshore machine is stated to start in May.
The first blades are destined for Dong Energy’s consented 258MW Burbo 2 offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.
The expansion of Vestas’ existing plant on the island, plans for which were unveiled in November, is the first part of a £200m investment under which some 800 jobs could be created.
MHI Vestas is to hold an awareness evening about the new positions next week and is working with the Isle of Wight Council to encourage local people to apply.
Chief executive Jens Tommerup said when production gets underway the facility will be the only manufacturer turning out blades in the UK as Siemens is not expected to start the line at its Green Port Hull plant until late next year.
Tommerup said: “The 80-metre blades for the V164 8MW prototype were designed, manufactured and tested at the Isle of Wight facility. We have developed the unique competences and processes necessary to manufacture blades at the centre, which makes it an ideal location to ramp up to serial manufacturing.”
Dong Energy UK country chairman Brent Cheshire said he was pleased the Burbo 2 project “can promote local growth and contribute to the development of the industry supply chain”.
Energy secretary Ed Davey added that MHI Vestas is “bolstering the UK’s expertise in advanced manufacturing”.
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