UK: OGN Submits Wind Turbine Factory Planning Application
Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) has submitted the planning application for a GBP 50 million wind turbine factory, reports NeBusiness. The 36,000 square metre facility would replace the company’s existing factory at Hadrian Yard and create thousands of jobs in Tyne.
Construction of the prototype Triton jacket is to begin later this year. Investing in construction of the jacket is part of a government support to develop offshore wind component technologies. The Triton foundation structures are designed for large wind turbine generators, placed in deep waters.
OGN’s factory would open 1,000 new work positions, and 5,000 jobs could be created in the future, subject to plan approval.
Last week OGN has secured a GBP 640,250 government grant to carry out further research on foundations for wind turbines to be sited at sea.
Offshore WIND staff, May 9, 2012; Image: OGN