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|The ill fated Clipper Windpower Factory seen here on 13th October 2011.|
This story from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, copyright NCJ Media.
Newcastle jobs hopes dashed on wind farm by Adrian Pearson, Evening Chronicle, August 24th 2011
HOPES of bringing 1,000 manufacturing jobs to Tyneside appear to have been dashed.
Wind turbine manufacturer Clipper Windpower has revealed it will not now be building the giant offshore turbines it was contracted to provide for a North Sea wind farm.
The firm was due to design the world’s largest turbines in Blyth before building them in a factory built on land owned by Newcastle Tycoons Freddie and Bruce Shepherd.
Clipper has handed back nearly £2m to Crown Estate, responsible for the creation of huge offshore wind farms, after the two cancelled contracts.
A further £5m provided by the Government will also now not be used.
Peter Christman, president of Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, the subsidiary of United Technologies which owns Clipper, said: “We have not decided to move out of offshore wind but it is a question of timing and we did not want to hold up the Crown Estate.”
He said there were a number of factors in his decision, including an increase in the number of competitors, and the current turmoil in financial markets.
Bruce Shepherd has said he remains optimistic for the future of wind production.