Navitus Bay, the developers behind a wind farm planned nine miles off the Dorset coast, yesterday announced that an Isle of Wight operator had been selected as the preferred turbine supplier.
This is the first announcement of the procurement process for the project and will be welcome news to the 200 staff employed at the MHI Veritas factory in Newport, IoW.
MHI Veritas will now join negotiations to select the wind farm's operations and maintenance base port, from a shortlist of Poole, Portland and Yarmouth.
Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Clare said:
“This is extremely positive news for MHI Vestas, its employees and for the surrounding local economies, including Dorset.
"News that Navitus Bay has committed to using a local turbine supplier for the project confirms what I understood from my conversations with the developers; that they are committed to ensuring the economic benefits are felt across the South Coast.
"I continue to believe that the South West has all the potential to be a world leader in renewable and green technologies and I want to ensure Dorset shares in that success.
“The fact that developers of large-scale projects such as Navitus Bay are ready to support local suppliers will help build local expertise and skills in this growth industry.
“I now look forward to hearing the judgment of the planning inspectorate and to working alongside Navitus Bay as the development takes shape, supporting our communities to make the most of this exciting project."
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is expected to make a final decision on the project later this year.