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Glasgow becomes home to offshore wind development centre

International turbine manufacturer Gamesa today opened a £12.5M offshore wind development facility in Glasgow, as the secretary of state for Scotland pledged to help create conditions for growth in the sector.

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and international turbine manufacturer Gamesa chairman Jorge Calvet officially opened the new facility to develop next-generation offshore wind technology at Strathclyde Business Park in Bellshill, some 12.9km from Glasgow city centre. The facility already employs 40 engineers and Gamesa hopes to be employing more than 100 staff by the end of this year, rising to 180 within three years.

Secretary of state for Scotland Michael Moore today said the health of Scotland’s manufacturing and renewables research sectors are essential for economic recovery, and pledged that the government will work with industry to create the conditions for further growth and jobs.

Moore said he had recently formed a Trade and Economic Growth Board which will look at ways of removing barriers for businesses and inform the government’s Growth Strategy from a Scottish perspective.

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