Vestas need orders to start Kent construction

Wind power manufacturers Vestas has said the construction of a turbine manufacturing plant in Kent will only go ahead if it gets enough orders. Speaking to BusinessGreen, Chief Executive Ditlev […]

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By Tom Gibson

Wind power manufacturers Vestas has said the construction of a turbine manufacturing plant in Kent will only go ahead if it gets enough orders.

Speaking to BusinessGreen, Chief Executive Ditlev Engel said: “We have the manufacturing site ready as long as we get the orders to go ahead and manufacture them.”

Vestas say that should they proceed with the factory it will create up to 2,000 jobs and could be completed within a year, meaning the company could be building turbines ahead of the next wave of offshore wind farm construction in 2015.

The 70 hectares of land at the Port of Sheerness site in Kent is large enough to cover 93 football pitches and will be key in the supply chain for future wind turbine production in the UK.