Not such an ill wind perhaps

Thursday 19th April 2012

Blaming deteriorating confidence in the offshore wind market for its decision, Korean company Doosan is to pull out of a year old plan for a £170m excellence research centre and turbine factory in Renfrew and had informed the Scottish government and its customers four months ago.

The news of the withdrawal, made by the BBC, may do much to boost business for Steel Engineering Ltd which with both Renfrew and Leith facilities has  opened its structured expansion programme of an additional fabrication workshop in March with 30,000m2  of covered fabrication space. Served by 500 and 100 Tonne cranes, the facility will act as the assembly bay for all offshore wind structures.

The Doosan news emerged at an industry conference in Denmark and there is no reference to the news on the Doosan Babcock website. However, both Samsung and Gamesa have announced intentions to develop and manufacture their next generation of wind turbines in Scotland.

In January the Scottish Development International, was reported as helping " secure major inward investment in Scotland's renewables sector from world-leading firms Mitsubishi, Gamesa and Doosan." 

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