Plans to make the world’s largest wind turbines in Britain, creating 2,000 jobs, have been put in jeopardy because of faltering demand and technical problems.
Vestas said a year ago that it would build a factory in Kent to supply giant turbines the height of the “Gherkin” tower in the City of London for the extensive wind farms in the North Sea that are planned towards the end of the decade.
But its chief executive said yesterday that the Danish company might decide not to go ahead with the proposal because of the “very challenging” market outlook for the next 18 months.
Ditlev Engel told The Times: “The decision to go ahead with the new facility is dependent on orders for this new machine. It’s clear that the market outlook issues are a concern for us.”
Vestas found itself under a barrage of criticism three years ago after closing its manufacturing plant on the Isle of Wight, England’s only wind turbine factory at the time.
The company, the world’s largest manufacturer of turbines, also said yesterday that it would delay tests of the giant new offshore turbines it had hoped to make in Kent by a year to 2014.