About 800 jobs could be created in Scotland’s renewable-energy industry, thanks to £125million of investment to build blades for wind turbines in UK waters, manufacturer Gamesa said yesterday.
The Spanish firm added it had chosen Leith as the site of its latest factory.
Gamesa has signed a memorandum of understanding with Forth Ports, the owner of Port of Leith, and the two will work together in preparation for a longer-term agreement.
Gamesa chief executive Jorge Calvet said: “We hope to play a central role in strengthening the UK’s offshore wind-energy sector and improving security of energy supply.”
Industry body Scottish Renewables described Gamesa’s announcement as a vote of confidence in Scotland’s green-energy sector.
CEO Niall Stuart added: “We have fought off incredibly strong competition from other parts of the UK for the location of the company’s manufacturing facility.”