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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:54 am    Post subject: Exclusive: Fight over 10,000 wind farm jobs Reply with quote

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Yorkshire Post - 16/03/10

THE Humber could become a massive manufacturing base for wind turbines as three major companies consider basing themselves on the estuary, with the potential to create more than 10,000 jobs.

The multinationals are looking at sites on the banks of the river to manufacture the giant 400ft turbines needed for offshore wind farms in the North Sea, the Yorkshire Post can reveal.

Officials in the region are desperate to attract an investment which would be worth millions to the economy and further the area's claim to be at the forefront of a green revolution in the UK.

But there are fears that the Government may try to tempt the interested companies to Teeside which has been ravaged by the closure of the Corus steelworks.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The work will go to the most marginal Labour seat. That's why they pinched the jobs from the IOW where they never vote Labour.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal wrote:
The work will go to the most marginal Labour seat. That's why they pinched the jobs from the IOW where they never vote Labour.

Rolling Eyes Nothing to do with the fact that Vestas wanted to close the IOW plant then?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or proximity to where the turbines will be placed?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Labour had wanted to keep those jobs they would have managed it quite easily. As soon a Vestas shut there was talk of the new plant in the north east.

The IOW is surrounded by water and all the Vestas production was loaded onto a ship for initial transport to the installation site. It wouldn't have cost much more to transport the turbines directly to the North Sea from the IOW than from Newcastle. The Norfolk, Hastings, IOW, Bristol Channel and Irish Sea sites are all closer to the IOW than to Newcastle. See map at:-
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8448203.stm
With the numbers of turbines required two factories would be better than one anyway.
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