Areva plans production plant in Scotland

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 - 15:00

The French conglomerate Areva has signed an agreement of intent with the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise regarding a production site for wind turbines in the east of Scotland. The contract was signed in Paris during a visit by Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland.

At the new location in Scotland Areva wants to produce 5 MW turbines for offshore projects in the north of Great Britain. It will complement the production site in Le Havre, which will supply projects in France, Belgium and in southern Great Britain. The company will thus realize its strategy of serving the European offshore market from three production locations in Germany (Bremerhaven), France (Le Havre) and Great Britain (Scotland).

Areva is currently taking part in a tendering process with large electricity utility companies in the British offshore market. It was in this context that the company decided on the location in the east of Scotland in order to reduce the logistics costs for the British projects and at the same time to benefit from the growing local offshore supply industry. The new location could result in 750 new jobs in the manufacture of wind turbines and rotor blades.

Luc Oursel, Chairman of Areva, said: "This decision demonstrates our commitment to contributing to the development of an important offshore wind industry in Great Britain. The Scottish location completes our business strategy for supplying offshore wind energy projects with our turbines Europe-wide and strengthens our ability to take advantage of the great opportunities available on the British market."

Katharina Garus

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