MHI Vestas will hire 200 employees for blade manufacture

Monday, 9 February, 2015 - 12:15
A closer look at the 80 m long blade. (Photos: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind)
A closer look at the 80 m long blade. (Photos: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind)

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has started recruiting skilled workers for over 200 full time jobs at the blade production facility on the Isle of Wight, UK. The new positions are at the serial production facility for the 80 m long composite blades of MHI Vestas’ offshore wind turbine V164-8.0 MW, which is scheduled to start in May 2015.

The 80 m blades for the prototype of the V164.8.0MW had already been designed, manufactured and tested at the facility on the Isle of Wight, which is why serial production will be started there as well. The new jobs have been created to fulfill the demand for Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension project, for which 258 MW worth of wind turbines are needed. Additionally the new production capacity will also benefit potential future offshore projects.

Blade production bolsters UK’s expertise

CEO Jens Tommerup said the creation of over 200 skilled jobs underlined MHI Vestas’s commitment to the UK offshore market and added: “These new jobs are skilled and form a critical aspect of our manufacturing capability. When serial production begins in May, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will be the only manufacturer producing blades for offshore wind projects in the UK.” – But only until the Siemens plant in Hull is ready.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey emphasised the importance: “Our long term economic plan to build a more resilient economy has made the UK the world's number one market for offshore wind, attracting investors from all over the world and creating green jobs. Today's commitment from MHI Vestas of 200 new green jobs will lead to blades being mass produced in the UK, bolstering the UK’s expertise in advanced manufacturing.”

R&D next to serial production

For the upcoming serial production of the V164-8.0 MW blades MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will lease the 170 m long and 50 m wide production hall of Vestas’ blades technology centre on the Isle of Wight. When serial production starts in May, this will have no effect on the employees working in the research and development department at the blades technology centre on the verification of the V164-8.0 MW.

The start of the serial production on the Isle of Wight had already been announced in November 2014. The blade production is part of an industrial strategy in the UK, which is expected to result in up to £ 200 million of investment and safeguarding or the creation of up to 800 new jobs.

With support of the Isle of Wight Council, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will run an awareness week starting 9th of February 2015.

Tanja Peschel

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