Vestas buys U.K. site for large turbine manufacturing

Vestas has signed an agreement for 70 hectares of land at the Port of Sheerness in Kent, U.K., to manufacture its new 7-MW turbine, assuming demand for the system develops as expected.

Following the recent launch of its offshore V164-7.0 MW turbine, Vestas Wind Systems has announced the purchase of a site for new manufacturing facilities to prepare for the 2015 serial production of the new turbine. Vestas has signed an agreement for 70 hectares of land at the Port of Sheerness in Kent, U.K., to eventually serve these purposes.

The U.K. represents the world’s largest offshore wind market and as such has a massive offshore project pipeline. The U.K. Round 3 projects alone account for 32 GW. Vestas says it is committed to working with the U.K. government and offshore wind stakeholders to turn this pipeline into operational offshore wind farms and thereby ensuring not only sustainable energy for the U.K., but also a large number of new jobs being created.

Vestas reports that it 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.

“We have shown our intentions to make major investments and subsequent job creation, but it is evident that we don’t just jump head first into an investment of this size. We need to make sure it makes sense business wise,” says Anders Søe-Jensen, president of Vestas Offshore and continues: “Before our customers can provide us with the needed order pipeline, they need to see stability in the market and a long-term political and regulatory certainty that ensures their business case. Making that happen lies in the hands of the policy makers, so we are looking forward to seeing the UK government providing the best possible terms for the offshore wind industry to truly take off and the potential jobs becoming a reality."