MHI Vestas expands UK industrial footprint with new in Fawley

Friday, 10 November, 2017 - 13:15
MHI Vestas is planning to create about 50 job in the new facility. (Photo: Into the Blue)
MHI Vestas is planning to create about 50 job in the new facility. (Photo: Into the Blue)

MHI Vestas will repurpose a decommissioned, oil-fired power plant into a state-of-the-art painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre turbine blades. The facility is expected to be operational in April 2018.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has announced that it will soon be operating at the site where the oil-fired Fawley Power Plant once generated power. The new facility is the latest in a series of manufacturing investments made by the company as part of its comprehensive industrialisation strategy underway in the UK. The new facility will compliment MHI Vestas' manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight where the 80m blades are manufactured. This investment is a direct result of strong demand for the V164 offshore wind turbine platform, as the company pointed out.

MHI Vestas CEO, Jens Tommerup, said, "As we saw in the recent CfD auction round in the UK, the cost of offshore wind continues to fall. This is fantastic news for the industry and for consumers, and also a great challenge for us to optimize our operations in every area. Our new paint and logistics shop at Fawley will improve our competitiveness worldwide and strengthen our UK industrial footprint."

The new facility, expected to begin operations in April 2018, creating up to fifty jobs, demonstrates the rapid industrialisation of offshore wind - sending a clear signal to policy makers that with market certainty and large-scale projects, manufacturing investment and clean energy jobs will continue to expand in the UK. MHI Vestas welcomes the recent UK CFD budget and auction announcement.

" Our Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy set out the opportunities for Britain in moving from fossil fuels to a cleaner future. This development is a fitting example as it reuses the site of a former oil fired power station to produce parts for new clean wind farms" comments  Energy Minister, Richard Harrington the plans of MHI Vestas

MHI Vestas / Philipp Kronsbein

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