More than 1000 new jobs, including some on the Isle of Wight and £42 million in economic boost.

That is what Isle of Wight wind farm firm MHI Vestas thinks will be the benefit of a new blade mould.

At the Isle of Wight base and Hampshire’s paint and logistics facility in Fawley, 380 jobs are being created. The firm says an additional 720 indirect and induced jobs will be added too.

It is currently recruiting and hopes to get production started in January.

Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry said,

“The UK is the global home of offshore wind, housing the world’s largest offshore wind farm, with over 6% of our home-grown electricity coming from clean wind power. This Offshore Wind Week, MHI Vestas is contributing to this success story, creating hundreds of new skilled jobs and driving regional growth with £42 million of additional economic benefit expected.

“As part of our modern Industrial Strategy we’re putting the finishing touches to our Offshore Wind Sector Deal to create the right business conditions to export this expertise around the world to ensure this sector goes from strength to strength.”

MHI Vestas’ VP of Blades Bo Jensen said,

“This expansion effort is one of the most ambitious blade initiatives we have ever undertaken. In close cooperation with the Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight College and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, our training and certification programs are paving the way for the next generation of offshore wind specialists. This development of green energy manufacturing skills will not only benefit MHI Vestas but will also serve to elevate the regional composites industry as well.”

Bob Seely, Isle of Wight MP, said,

“This expansion is great news and will back long term economic growth on the Island for years to come. MHI Vestas is already creating hundreds of skilled, long term manufacturing jobs at West Medina Mills. There will also be hundreds of new jobs in local businesses to support the expansion, putting the Island and the wider Solent region at the heart of the rapidly growing global offshore wind industry.”