By: Anna Redman
Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa, has announced their plan to create around 800 jobs at a new Edinburgh plant, which will be located in Leith.
The investment in this project will be about £125m.
Gamesa’s global chairman, Jorge Clavet, informed First Minister Alex Salmond of this decision this morning. The First Minister calls the news a “welcome boost” and says he is “delighted that Gamesa has chosen Scotland and the fantastic Port of Leith as its preferred location for the manufacture of its new model of offshore wind turbines.”
Gamesa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Forth Ports, Leith, Scotland and the two are currently working to prepare a longer term agreement.
Following news of this announcement, Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“This is fantastic news for Scotland and shows that the UK remains an attractive place for foreign investment. Scotland benefits from UK wide initiatives to promote renewables and access to the entire UK consumer market.
That coupled with the economic security that comes from being part of one of the world’s most successful unions makes Scotland an obvious place for companies like Gamesa to invest in.”
Energy Secretary Ed Davey is also expressed enthusiasm for the latest announcement:
“I am delighted that Gamesa has chosen to invest in Leith and cement its commitment to the UK offshore wind market. The Government has been working with the company on this project for some time so it is great to see real progress being made.
This was clearly a closely run race between two excellent locations – a powerful message to the offshore wind industry that the UK is the place to be.
“Projects like this have the potential to bring investment and support jobs across the whole of the country. Being a United Kingdom means we can attract the large investment necessary and keep costs down.”
The UK currently leads the world with the amount of offshore wind they have installed. Britain also has ambitions to see as much as 18GW by 2020 provided that costs come down.
The Scottish Government has established funding £70m for national renewable energy infrastructure projects.
Listen to a statement by Mark Lazarowicz, MP for Edinburgh North and Leith: