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Chinese wind turbine production in Northern Ireland

Chinese manufacturing company Xiangtan Electrical Manufacturing Corporation Ltd (XEMC) may set up wind turbine production facilities in Northern Ireland.

The £95 million potential investment could generate 600 jobs by 2016.

The wind group is one of the company’s fastest growing divisions and is a supplier of multi megawatt direct drive wind turbine technology in the Chinese market.

XEMC is now investigate the opportunities for locating its European wind turbine assembly plant and blade factory in Northern Ireland.

Speaking in advance of his visit to Northern Ireland, Fengtai Cheng, Managing Director XEMC Darwind BV, said: “The primary aim of our visit to Northern Ireland is to explore the business case around the potential of establishing an assembly plant for wind turbines and a production facility for turbine blades.

“We are committed to giving serious consideration to bringing our European operations to Northern Ireland. We are undertaking two feasibility studies in the next three months with the assistance of our local partners, Titan Energy Associates (TEA). These comprehensive studies will explore a number of key factors ranging from specialised labour skills and logistical infrastructure to strategic alliances. In general and of greater importance, we want to gauge the enthusiasm of the local community to support us.”

In addition to the wind turbine assembly and blade production facilities, XEMC, with TEA’s support, would also intend to set up a Research & Development, Service, Maintenance and Spare Parts centre for wind turbines at the same premises.

XEMC’s feasibility studies will be completed by the end of November 2010. If Northern Ireland is selected, construction would start as early 2011 and last for approximately 7 months.

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