Danish engineering firm Vestas have signed an agreement with the option of purchasing 70 hectares of land in Kent after they recently announced they planned to build a factory for its new 7MW turbines.
Just over a week ago the manufacturing giant launched the world’s biggest wind turbine, the V164-7.0MW which has blades 80 metres long and is able to produce 7MW of energy.
The turbines stand at 187 metres and weight 800 tonnes and are designed for the toughest sea conditions.
Kevin Lynes, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:”This is a significant boost to the prospects of northKentand the Thames Gateway area. This also sets the county up as a prime location for the off-shore wind industry and its suppliers where the world’s biggest off-shore farmsare alreadybeing developed andmaintained by international companies locatedat Ramsgate, this is fantastic news.”
However, it is understood that the Danish company wants to see more commitment toward market and regulatory certainty to reduce an risk involved with such a large operaton.
The factory is expected to create around 2000 jobs, should it go ahead.