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Sheerness vows to press on

[ July 3, 2012   //   ]

Port of Sheerness chief executive Mark Whitworth said he was “100% committed” to finding a replacement customer following the decision by Vestas not to locate a major wind turbine manufacturing facility there. He described the Peel Ports-owned facility in north Kent as “absolutely tailor-made” for major renewables manufacturing.

Whitworth said: “Everyone involved is bitterly disappointed, but our aim of delivering a world-class renewables manufacturing operation at Sheerness is very much alive. There are very few locations which can compete with the offering at Sheerness for such significant manufacturing operations.

Sheerness’ assets included its location close to key Round 3 offshore wind zones and Continental projects, marine facilities – a water depth 12m with no beam, height or lock restrictions – availability of major parcels of land and, crucially, the recent approval by Swale Borough Council’s planning committee. Whitworth added: “To a large degree, the detailed preparation has already been done on this site and we’re committed to identifying a replacement operator who can take advantage of the fact that the Port of Sheerness is now tailor-made to play a leading role in this vital industry.”

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