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Jobs for Scotland as more green energy firms move in

By: David Howells
26 March 2012

Hundreds of supply chain jobs in Scotland are set to be created after Leith was chosen as the location for a new wind turbine plant, reports.

Spain's Gamesa Corporacion Technologica has invested £125 million in building a factory in Leith and has decided to locate its UK manufacturing base at Edinburgh's port.

The corporation has pledged to build two large bases; one of which would build the blades and nacelles, the other would be dedicated to logistics, operations/maintenance.

60 people are already employed by the company in the Strathclyde facility, whilst a further 70 work at the London headquarters. The new development in Leith, however, could see up to 800 jobs being created; with many of them focusing on logistics work.

Building of the first development is set to begin in 2013, with operations on the second set to be ramped up during 2014. Estimated completion dates have yet to be released, however.

Speaking to of the development, Gamesa's chairman and chief executive Jorge Calvet explained: "If market conditions are favourable this would mean many high quality jobs for the area.

"I have only praise for the support we have received throughout this process from government ministers and agencies across the UK. We hope to play a central role in strengthening the UK's offshore wind energy sector and improving security of energy supply in the future."

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