Wind turbine plant to create 750 Scottish jobs

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Areva’s plan to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Scotland has been welcomed by the UK government. The French company’s investment will create 750 jobs.

"I warmly welcome Areva’s announcement today which is brilliant news for Scotland,” said Prime Minster David Cameron. “Growth of the renewable energy sector isn't just good for our environment, it's good for our economy too.” The UK is now the world's biggest offshore wind market, he added.

Luc Oursel, CEO of AREVA, added: “This demonstrates the group's commitment to contribute to the development of an ambitious offshore wind industry in the UK. The Scottish site will complete our industrial plan to supply European offshore wind projects and will strongly position us to grasp opportunities in the extensive UK market.”

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said the announcement is the latest sign that the UK is set to “reap the economic benefits of being at the forefront of low carbon energy”.

It is expected that this factory will form part of a wider cluster of offshore wind manufacturing facilities, supporting wider industry ambitions on both cost reduction and supply chain development.