Up to 750 jobs could be created in Scotland as French nuclear energy firm Areva locates its wind turbine manufacturing operations there.

First minister Alex Salmond has said the deal could create up to 750 jobs from manufacturing and the supporting supply chain.

He commented: ‘Scotland shares Areva’s vision of a cleaner tomorrow. Today’s announcement provides a further boost to Scotland’s position as one of Europe’s key locations for offshore wind and takes us another significant step further in achieving our ambitious carbon reduction target.’

Scotland’s National Renewables Infrastructure Plan aims to aid the development of a globally competitive off-shore renewables industry in Scotland through the creation of supporting infrastructure. The plan has identified locations across Scotland which offer the biggest potential for developers to base their manufacturing operations, which Areva are looking at closely.

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