THE 1,000th offshore wind blade has been produced at Vestas Isle of Wight base. The company celebrated its more than 20-year history at the Island facility, in Newport, with the production of the blade, a V164-9.5 MW blade destined for the 1,075 MW Seagreen offshore wind project being developed by SSE Renewables and Total. Following its recent re-entry into offshore wind, Vestas has now announced its intentions to further expand its UK offshore wind production footprint, contingent on the success of the company in securing sufficient project volume in an upcoming allocation round.
Isle of Wight County Press 27th April 2021 read more »
Commenting on the announcement by EDF Renewables and ESB that a major manufacturing contract for Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm has been awarded to a British company operating in Scotland, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn said: “It’s great to see an iconic company like Harland & Wolff creating 290 Scottish jobs with a big contract to manufacture steel foundations for a major Scottish offshore wind farm, especially as this will take place at the former BiFab site at Methil in Fife generating new opportunities there. “This is another example of how the UK’s offshore wind supply chain is a key part of the green industrial revolution which will play a leading role in the UK’s economic recovery after the pandemic. “Our world-leading industry is stepping up fast to quadruple the UK’s current offshore wind capacity by 2030, which offers significant supply chain opportunities. By the end of the decade, offshore wind alone will be providing well over a third of the UK’s electricity – a huge step towards the UK’s net zero emissions goal as well as generating massive economic growth”.
Renewable UK 16th April 2021 read more »