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vestasstagelaneOver 200 full time jobs are being advertised for positions at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s blade production facility on the Isle of Wight, where manufacturing of 80m composite blades for the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine will ramp up to serial production in May.

Vestas has this week commenced recruitment of over 200 skilled jobs at the recently announced blade manufacturing facility at Stag Lane, near Cowes. The new positions have been created in order to fulfill the demand for DONG Energy’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension project, off the coast of Liverpool Bay in the UK, as well as potential future offshore projects.

The decision to manufacture blades on the Island once again was announced in November last year and is the first part of a wider industrial strategy in the UK which is expected to result in up to £200m worth of investment and safeguarding or creating up to 800 jobs.

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VESTAS PROTEST CONTINUESBack in 2009 over 600 jobs were lost when blade production at Vestas’ site on St Cross Business Park, Newport was ceased, which resulted in a sit-in protest.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will lease the production hall at Vestas’ blades technology centre at Stag Lane – the largest building on the Isle of Wight – with serial production of the blades due to commence in May 2015.

CEO Jens Tommerup said the creation of over 200 skilled jobs underlines MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s commitment to the UK offshore market.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the commencement of hiring over 200 full time jobs at our manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight. These new jobs are skilled and form a critical aspect of our manufacturing capability. When serial production begins in May, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will be the only manufacturer producing blades for offshore wind projects in the UK.

“The 80m blades for the V164-8.0 MW prototype were designed, manufactured and tested at the Isle of Wight facility.  We have developed the unique competences and processes necessary to manufacture blades at the centre which makes it an ideal location to ramp up to serial manufacturing.”

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Vestas will continue to conduct research and development of blade technology on the Island, including the testing and verification of the V164-8.0 MW which is being finalised by Vestas on behalf of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The lease of the production hall will have no impact on Vestas employees working in R&D on the site.

It is said that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and the Isle of Wight Council are working closely together and that an awareness event will be run early next week. More details of this event will be available soon.

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