Doosan to locate renewables R&D in Renfrew

22 Mar 2011

Engineering giant Doosan has announced plans to develop a Centre of Excellence at its base in Renfrew. Expansion plans could create hundreds of jobs in offshore wind turbine manufacturing.

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced plans by energy engineering giant Doosan Power Systems to locate its renewables R&D base - and potentially offshore wind turbine manufacturing - in Scotland, creating hundreds of new jobs with investments worth up to £170 million over the next ten years.

Doosan and Scottish Enterprise have agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under this MoU, the company intends to locate its R&D Centre of Excellence for Renewables at its current site at Westway in Renfrew, near Glasgow, supported by Scottish Enterprise, creating up to 200 jobs.

A second phase would see the establishment of assembly and manufacturing facilities in Scotland - now the company's favoured location for wind turbine prototype-build and manufacturing.

In all, Doosan expects its offshore wind plans in Scotland to create up to 1,700 new jobs - of which the company would directly recruit approximately 700, with a further 1,000 employed in the supply chain.

The news follows the separate  announcement that Steel Engineering, also based at Westway, will create a least 120 new jobs, supported by £1.8 million Regional Selective Assistance through Scottish Enterprise - to double its full-time workforce and expand its business servicing a range of clean energy sectors, including offshore wind, wave and tidal power.

Mr Salmond also announced that Skills Development Scotland is in discussions with the Steel Engineering about a planned training school which will be named The Renewable Energy Steel Trades Academy. In partnership with Anniesland College, the company plans to provide intensive and exclusive training tailored to the latest fabrication techniques, and welding procedures required by the renewables industry.

Visiting the two facilities, today, the First Minister said: "Doosan Power Systems is one of the world's leading energy technology and engineering companies and I'm delighted they have decided to locate their R&D centre in Renfrew, Scotland, to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines. I'm also excited by the prospect of Doosan establishing a manufacturing facility in Scotland - today's announcement by the company is an important step towards that and towards many hundreds more jobs that will be created beyond the 200 posts announced today.