Doosan Power Systems has announced plans to build a multi-million pound offshore wind power base in Scotland.
The company will invest up to £170m in the Scottish wind power business over the next ten years, creating up to 1,700 jobs and cementing the country's position as a global centre of renewable excellence.
Doosan plans to locate a R&D Centre of Excellence for Renewables at its current site at Westway in Renfrew, with a second phase to establish assembly and manufacturing facilities in Scotland, its favoured location for wind turbine prototype-build and manufacturing.
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, 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 to develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines.
"This latest multi-million pound offshore wind investment announcement underlines Scotland’s growing reputation for excellence and innovation in clean energy design and engineering.”
Doosan is backed by Scottish Enterprise which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the operations in Scotland.
The company has more than 100 years' experience in the power sector and currently offers a 3MW wind turbine product while developing a 6MW+ version for off-shore applications.
Jean-Michel Aubertin, CEO of Doosan Power Systems said: “We hope to develop cutting-edge wind power technology that will enhance the role of renewables in the energy mix.
"Doosan’s current wind power portfolio and position with the industry will continue to grow strongly over the coming years.”
Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise said: 'This is an exciting time for Scotland's renewable industry and this investment will see Doosan Power Systems become a significant player in the development of the sector."