Korean giant abandons offshore wind plans for Scotland
Doosan Power Systems is abandoning its plans for developing offshore wind turbines in Scotland “in light of the overall economic conditions and liquidity issues in Europe”. Apparently the decision was made and the Scottish government were informed in December. Quite why this has only just come to light is not clear, but Doosan have made it very clear that they were not prevented by the Scottish government from releasing the news.
A spokesperson for the company said,
“The company remains committed to working in Scotland and the UK as a whole, as demonstrated by our continual investment in technology and product development as a global centre of excellence for the Doosan Group. We also continue to fully support the development of clean energy solutions.”
Wind industry lobby group RenewableUK pointed out that Doosan’s pullout was contrary to a predominantly positive trend:
“In the first quarter of this year we have seen Vestas submit a planning application for Sheerness, Siemens progress with plans for Hull, and of course the Gamesa announcement last month that they are discussing a memorandum of understanding with the port of Leith in the hopes of providing a factory employing 800 people. There have also been significant developments in the broader supply chain. Only last week Offshore Group Newcastle announced that they would create up to 1,000 jobs building foundations for offshore wind farms. With these developments, provided the policy framework and mood music [are] right, we remain convinced that we can achieve up to 90,000 people employed in wind, wave and tidal industries by 2020.”
This is a worrying development though, both for Scotland and for the UK renewables industry as a whole. The Coalition’s wavering and backtracking on green promises cannot be helping. Let us hope that Doosan is not just the first domino.