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Stafford manufacturing boost after wind turbine funding switched to off shore

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Gail Atkinson

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STAFFORD employer Alstom has welcomed government plans to increase funding for offshore wind power saying it could boost manufacturing in the town.

Funding is being transferred from on shore units but a land-based wind farm could still be on the cards in Staffordshire.

REG Windpower is considering installing four turbines at Knightley Hall, near Gnosall.

People can find out more about the plans at three information days being held this week.

Today there is a drop-in session at Woodseaves Village Hall from 4pm to 8pm, tomorrow’s event is at Norbury Village Hall from 4pm to 7pm and Saturday’s event is 10am to 2pm at the Grosvenor Centre in Gnosall.

Alstom has been operating in the wind power sector for more than 30 years and last month unveiled the world’s largest offshore wind turbine in Belgium.

Its pillars are sunk to 60 metres deep and its blades are nearly 240 feet long.

Terence Watson, President of Alstom in the UK, said: "We are pleased that the government will increase the strike price for offshore wind. This is a positive step towards bringing the certainty and economic signals that the industry needs to invest. If successful, it could mean significant opportunities for our Stafford engineering and manufacturing activities in offshore wind grid technology."

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