A new wind turbine tower factory has officially opened in Chepstow, South Wales.
Engineering firm Mabey Bridge has transferred its attention to wind, investing £38m in the facility, after 162 years in the bridge building business.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry and Monmouth MP David Davies were on hand to open the plant. Mr Hendry said: “This is exactly the kind of investment, generating green jobs, that we want to see as the UK supply chain develops.”
The plant will play a “major role” in Britain’s low carbon ambitions, added Maria McCaffery, CEO of RenewableUK: “This is an exciting landmark for the low carbon economy as it heralds the return of turbine manufacture to these shores. Britain is the windiest country in Europe and it rightly has ambitious plans to deliver a low carbon economy by 2020.”
Peter Lloyd, managing director of Mabey Bridge expects the plant to deliver half the UK’s wind turbine towers.