Vestas proposes first wind turbine blade factory in Scotland

By: Chloe Emanuel

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Vestas, a leading Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer, has initiated the planning process for constructing Scotland's first wind turbine blade factory at Leith Docks in Edinburgh, one of Scotland's green freeports.

The company submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the City of Edinburgh Council, marking the initial step in securing planning permission. Vestas plans to engage in community consultations over the summer to discuss the project, which is expected to bring hundreds of high-skill jobs to the area.

The proposed factory will produce Vestas' new B236 offshore blades, each measuring 115 metres (377 feet) in length. A turbine equipped with three such blades is rated at 15 megawatts, capable of powering approximately 13,000 homes on average.

Although Vestas has not yet made a final investment decision, the company emphasises the need for more certainty on orders from offshore wind developers. The Leith site is part of a broader initiative to develop green freeports in Scotland, which includes other sites around the Firth of Forth and the Moray and Cromarty Firths.

These green freeports are designed to encourage investment by offering tax breaks and are intended to boost local manufacturing capabilities. Until now, much of the equipment for Scottish offshore wind projects has been imported. The new phase of development mandates a higher proportion of the supply chain to be based in Scotland.

Currently, there are only two wind turbine blade factories in Britain, located on the Isle of Wight and in Hull. The Leith factory would significantly enhance Scotland's renewable energy sector, contributing to the country's green energy goals and reducing reliance on imported equipment.

The project aligns with Scotland's commitment to expanding its renewable energy infrastructure, supporting the local economy, and promoting sustainable development.

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