Britain to lead offshore wind market?

Frost & Sullivan comments on Siemens Plans supporting British wind power

Frost & Sullivan’s Wind Energy Industry Analyst Gouri Kumar has commented on the news that Siemens plans to invest about £80m in a manufacturing plant to manufacture wind turbines in Britain, creating more than 700 jobs.

“A combination of factors such as the UK government’s efforts to attract these companies to set up plants in the UK, the support to the offshore wind industry in the recent UK budget as well as the announcement of Round Three offshore wind project leasing, has sent the right signals to the market about how serious the UK is about developing the offshore wind market.

The string of announcements from Clipper Windpower a few months ago to Siemens today is conveying to the market that the UK is finally converting rhetoric to some action and is one step ahead in creating a much-needed supply chain in the UK. There is no doubt that the UK is going to be the centre of offshore wind development and therefore needs to bring jobs and investment to the country in order to support that development. The commitment to the sector from the government and industry participants need to continue.”

See also UK energy sector is getting the wind up in HazardEX.

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