First Minister announces French company's investment during visit to Paris
Areva, one of Europe’s largest offshore wind energy firms, has said it will locate its UK turbine manufacturing site in Scotland.The announcement, which was made today during a visit to Paris by First Minister Alex Salmond, could create 750 jobs in Scotland from manufacturing and the supporting supply chain.
Areva has signed an agreement with Scottish Enterprise, outlining its intention to locate turbine operation and blade manufacturing facilities in Scotland.
The Scottish Government said the company is looking at the offshore locations named in Scotland’s National Renewables Infrastructure Plan (NRI-P) which offer the biggest potential for investors in offshore development.
The agreement was signed by Areva CEO Luc Oursel and Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Lena Wilson, and was witnessed by the First Minister.
Salmond said: “Scotland shares Areva’s vision of a cleaner tomorrow. Today’s announcement provides a further boost to Scotland’s position as one of Europe’s key locations for offshore wind and takes us another significant step further in achieving our ambitious carbon reduction target.
“The manufacturing in Scotland will deliver nationwide economic benefits as well as much welcome inward investment to the chosen location once that has been agreed.
“This is another powerful example of how attractive Scotland is for international investors – and is indicative of our shared energy future.”
Luc Oursel, CEO of Areva, said: “Areva’s industrial heritage and diverse portfolio has placed us firmly at the forefront of low carbon technological solutions.
“Scotland is known to be a pioneer in renewables and its commitment to offshore wind in particular was a key part of our decision to locate our future UK manufacturing base there. This new facility is part of Areva’s strategy to establish a manufacturing footprint that will cover the European market.”
The location of additional turbine manufacturing in Scotland will increase the economic growth potential from renewable energy. Scotland’s renewable industry has attracted £2.8 billion capital investment since 2009.
Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Lena Wilson added: “This announcement further demonstrates Scotland’s position as a leading contributor to the low carbon agenda and ambition to deliver safe and sustainable energy through advanced technology.
“Offshore wind is a key driver of the economic benefit of renewables and we will continue to work closely with Areva to support its development plans in Scotland and create ongoing opportunities for wider industry growth.”