French energy giant Areva may build offshore wind turbines in Scotland, it announced in November.
The firm has signed a memorandum of understanding with Scottish Enterprise to develop plants to make wind turbine nacelles. These contain a turbine’s generating equipment, and blades.
It is now searching for suitable sites. Up to 750 direct jobs could be created.
But there is no guarantee the project will go ahead. Earlier this year, Korean manufacturer Doosan dropped similar Scottish plans (ENDS Report 448, p 14). Vestas also dropped plans for a plant in Kent (ENDS Report 449, p 13).