Turbine investment

Scotland to get UK’s largest offshore wind tower factory

Turbine boost: how the plant will look

Global Energy Group and Haizea Wind Group have unveiled plans to build what will be the UK’s largest offshore wind tower manufacturing plant at Port of Nigg near Inverness.

The tech-enabled facility, inclusive of rolling machinery robotics and a new blast and paint shop, will cost £110-120m and create 400 jobs.

Nigg Offshore Wind (NOW) will be housed in a giant, 450-metre-long, 38,000sq metre factory.

The new facility is the most significant localisation of offshore wind supply chain manufacturing ever seen in Scotland and the UK.

The announcement marks the culmination of more than two years of close planning between SSE’s development business SSE Renewables, Global Energy Group and Haizea Wind Group.

It will be capable of rolling steel plate to supply towers in excess of 1,000 tonnes each and other products, to the booming UK offshore fixed and floating wind industry in the UK and abroad.

SSE is providing debt investment of £15 million, making it the largest single UK backer of the project.

SSE Renewables will be placing manufacturing orders with the factory from its leading pipeline of large-scale UK offshore wind projects. SSE Renewables expects to announce a first order contract with NOW in the near future.

Once operational, the NOW plant will support the creation of up to 400 full-time direct manufacturing jobs as well as more than 1,800 indirect jobs in the UK, with an estimated 1,100 of these in Scotland. 

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