SSE in joint venture to rescue Skykon wind turbine factory

Scottish and Southern Energy and Marsh Wind Technology have established a joint venture to secure the future of the Skykon factory at Machrihanish, Campbeltown, it was announced today. The plant […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Scottish and Southern Energy and Marsh Wind Technology have established a joint venture to secure the future of the Skykon factory at Machrihanish, Campbeltown, it was announced today.

The plant is currently trading in administration operator after its Danish parent company, Skykon, filed for bankruptcy.

The SSE-MWT joint venture, named Wind Towers Ltd, has been granted ‘preferred bidder’ status from the administrators at Ernst & Young.

Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE said that the growing wind energy market could provide opportunities to expand: “With the right business plan and management, it should be a sustainable business in every sense. As the market for offshore wind turbines develops from 2013 onwards it should be possible to expand the operation to fully utilise the excellent facilities which are now available at the site.”

First Minister Alex Salmond also welcomed the announcement today on a visit to the Machrihanish plant.