Danish Vestas to build wind turbines in Kent – England


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Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Vestas has signed an agreement that could see it buy 70 hectares of land at the Port of Sheerness in Kent, just weeks after announcing it was searching for a site to build its new 7MW offshore wind turbine.
According to Business Green website, the Danish turbine manufacturer confirmed today that it has secured exclusive rights to the land, which could lead to a concrete investment to build a wind turbine manufacturing and installation facility, creating up to 2,000 jobs.

The option on the land lasts for approximately one year with a possibility to extend the agreement for another 12 months reports the site.

However, Vestas offshore president Anders S�e-Jensen told Business Green that the company would only make a final investment if the government can offer market and regulatory certainty from a transparent, long-term and stable policy framework, and investment support to reduce the risk and cost of building such a large facility.

"We need to make sure it makes sense business wise,” he said to Business Green. “Before our customers can provide us with the needed order pipeline, they need to see stability in the market and a long term political and regulatory certainty that ensures their business case.2 he added.
As expected, Vestas will continue to use gearboxes for the 7MW turbine rather than emerging direct drive technology, arguing that gearboxes are a proven technology with less reliance on rare-earth metals.
Rival manufacturers such as Siemens and GE are promoting alternative direct drive technology for offshore turbines, arguing that the design contains fewer moving parts and therefore requires less maintenance – an important consideration for offshore turbines which are difficult to access.
By Team

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