The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, sponsored an event yesterday (Tuesday) in the Pavilion Terrace at Westminster for MHI Vestas, where the announcement was made that the company is to recruit a further 70 employees at their offshore turbine blade production facility on the Island.
The MHI Vestas Reception was held in the Terrace Pavilion where the backdrop was the London Eye – allowing them to demonstrate the size and scale of their latest offshore wind turbine by comparison to the size of this iconic London attraction. It attracted a great deal of attention from not only within the industry but also from Members of Parliament and Peers – many of whom signed components which will be manufactured into a blade for the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Project and will be installed in Morecambe Bay off Barrow-In-Furness next year.
Mr Turner said:
“I was very pleased to be asked to support MHI Vestas in this way. It was very good to have the opportunity to talk to MHI Vestas CEO, Jens Tommerup, who reassured me of the importance of the Island’s production facility to the company and their commitment to continuing to contribute significantly to the Island’s economy with the announcement of a further 70 jobs at their Island production facility”.
Director of Production on the Isle of Wight, James Luter said at the event:
“Just one year ago, I was stood here, talking about the progress that MHI Vestas had made in the UK. I spoke about how we had started production of Blades in May 2015 for DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank project. We had recruited 250 people in permanent positions, and we had developed a comprehensive industry leading training programme.
“One year on and I am proud to say that we have increased our manufacturing footprint further and will start recruiting 70 new full time permanent production positions this week. A Bilfinger GVA economic impact assessment found that the economic impact of our Blade Production facility in the last 12 months has been £135 million of economic output to the UK economy, supporting over 380 direct and indirect jobs, and generating £9.8m in value for the local Isle of Wight economy through salaries and spending”.