Report: 32 factories needed to meet UK wind power plans

A report by Renewable UK claims that the UK will need to build around 32 factories if the country is to meet its targets for offshore wind farm development.

Maria McCaffery   Maria McCaffery, chief executive of Renewable UK, said: "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. If we don't seize it, the large scale offshore wind supply chain factories of the future, making the blades, towers and foundations that we'll need to retain the UK's global lead in offshore wind will be sited elsewhere. We are determined to work with the government to ensure that the UK capitalises on this chance to build an industry that will be the envy of the world."

  The report adds that tens of thousands of jobs can be created by the need to build the components for the wind farms.

  So far, only 10 such factories have been built or are planned in the UK.

The estimates are based on the government's renewable energy road map, which sets out plans for 18 GW of offshore wind generation capacity to be built by 2020, against the 3.3G W installed to date.

That equates to nearly 1,000 offshore turbines at present and about 4000 more to be installed in order to reach the target.

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