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Wind Turbine Jobs for Stranraer

UP TO 450 JOBS could be secured if Stranraer becomes a wind turbine production site.

News emerged this week that potential benefits from the manufacture and development of wind power equipment could be even greater than first thought.

Local MSP Alasdair Morgan has received information which confirms that Dumfries and Galloway has the potential to become a major centre for the renewable energy industry, in production terms, as well as research and development.

The SNP member has received letters from two major wind turbine companies, GE Wind Energy and Vestas (Celtic Wind Technology) Ltd., both of whom say they are considering establishing manufacturing operations in the Irish Sea area, including the Galloway coast.

The hope is now that inward investment from wind turbine producers could be far more significant that previously realised, as Vestas have stated that a typical blade manufacturing facility would employ up to 450 people at full production.

GE Wind Energy have said they may establish manufacturing bases at one or more sites on the Irish Sea coast, with each facility providing several hundred jobs.

The company specifically mentions the Stranraer area as one of the localities that should be further considered as a production site.

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