Portland In The Running To Act As Windfarm Base

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Published at 7:38am 22nd May 2015.

Portland's on the shortlist to act as an operations and maintenance base for the Navitus Bay wind farm.

Portland's on the shortlist to act as an operations and maintenance base for the Navitus Bay wind farm.

Sites at Poole and Yarmouth are also being considered.

The news comes with the announcement that MHI Vestas Offshore Wind have been chosen as the preferred turbine supplier.

They'll now be involved in the negotiations to select the wind farm's maintenance base.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will make the 80m long blades in their factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

This will support the 200 local jobs currently being created there.

Mike Unsworth, Project Director of Navitus Bay, said: "We are determined to maximise the economic benefits of the project across the South Coast so it is fantastic news that the turbine blades for the MHI Vestas turbine will be manufactured on the Isle of Wight."

The company will now be involved in negotiations to select the wind farm's operations and maintenance base.

MHI Vestats will supply its latest V164-8MW wind turbine.

Andrew Turner, Isle of Wight MP, said: "This is great news for our Island economy and the skilled manufacturing base that we continue to build. There is a large pool of Islanders who already have the relevant skills and are keen to be involved in this growing industry where the UK has a real leadership position."

Jonathan Bacon, Isle of Wight Council leader, added: The Isle of Wight Council has been a strong supporter of the Navitus Bay project from day one, recognising that, as well as the windfarm being a significant supplier of sustainable renewable energy; it had the potential to bring a significant benefit to our economy."

The proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park is located off the Dorset and Hampshire coast and to the west of the Isle of Wight; the development area will cover an area of approximately 59 square miles (153 square kilometres).