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Wind turbine giant Gamesa to build huge plant in Leith

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has given a vote of confidence to the UK offshore wind industry by announcing plans to build a major manufacturing facility in Leith to produce the turbines that are set to be built around the British coast.

The project could be worth up to €150M (£125M) and is expected to support over 1,000 direct jobs. The new factory is expected to make the enormous blades for wind turbines – which can be longer than an Olympic swimming pool – as well as the generator units that sit at the top of the turbine.

Gamesa, a global maker of wind turbines based in Spain, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Forth Ports, Leith, Scotland and the two will now work together in preparation for a longer term agreement.

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