French energy firm Areva will create 750 new jobs in Scotland's
renewable energy sector
Scottish news: Scottish wind development will create 750 jobs
by Jamie Mann
One of Europe’s largest offshore wind energy companies has confirmed that it will build its UK wind turbine factory in Scotland.
French firm Areva, which specialises in renewable and nuclear energy, signed a deal with Scottish Enterprise that could create 750 jobs as positions open to manufacture and maintain the supply of clean wind energy.
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Promising to construct the site in Eastern Scotland - one three being opened in Europe, Luc Oursel, chief executive of Areva, 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.”
The move is likely to further raise Scotland’s renewable potentials where the industry has attracted £2.8 billion capital investment since 2009, with renewable electricity increasing 28.1 percent between 2009 and 2011 alone.
First Minister Alex Salmond, who has vowed to make Scotland 100 percent dependent on renewable energy by 2020, announced the agreement this morning during a visit to Paris.
Mr Salmond witnessed the signing of the agreement by Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Lena Wilson and Areva CEO Luc Oursel.
Commenting, the First Minister 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.
"This is another powerful example of how attractive Scotland is for international investors - and is indicative of our shared energy future."
Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Lena Wilson said:
“This announcement further demonstrates Scotland’s position as a leading contributor to the low carbon agenda and ambition to deliver safe and sustainable energy through advanced technology.
“Offshore wind is a key driver of the economic benefit of renewables and we will continue to work closely with Areva to support its development plans in Scotland and create ongoing opportunities for wider industry growth.”
Avera will continue to assess the offshore locations cited in Scotland’s National Renewables Infrastructure Plan (NRI-P).
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