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CS Wind UK wins fourth order from EWT

CS Wind UK have been awarded a contract to manufacture another twenty towers for the Dutch. Manufacturer EWT.

Lesley Black, Business Development Manager at CS Wind said; “We are delighted to have signed our latest EWT order. CS Wind completed three orders in 2014 ahead of schedule for EWT and we are already off to a great start together for 2015 and beyond.”

Marcel Ploeg of EWT   “This new order for 2015 confirms the excellent relationship that we’ve build-up in 2014 and our confidence in CS Wind to deliver the towers according to our specifications, quality standards and project planning. As the United Kingdom is a very important market for EWT, we are keen to utilize the supply by local manufacturers as much as possible and with this new order we underline the importance of that strategy within our supply chain."


CS Wind UK Wins Prestigious Award 

Kintyre firm CS Wind UK are celebrating after being announced as the winners of the Scottish. Renewables Green Energy Awards at a glittering awards ceremony in Edinburgh last week.

Scottish Renewables Chief Executive Niall Stuart hosted the evening at Edinburgh’s EICC. He said: “The Scottish Green Energy Awards ceremony is the biggest night of the year for the renewable energy industry, and it’s particularly pleasing to celebrate 2014’s successes on the day our figures revealed green energy has become Scotland’s main source of power."

"This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and there is no better way to recognise them than in front of more than 1,200 of their peers."

The Best Supplier Award went to CS Wind UK, the turbine tower manufacturer at Machrihanish who were described by the judges as “a crucial part of the supply chain bringing jobs and investment to Argyll”.


The 2014 Scottish Green Energy Awards - Finalists Announced

CS Wind UK are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for the prestigious “Best Supplier award”.

The coveted Green Energy Awards, sponsored by EDF Energy Renewables, will be presented at a sell-out dinner at the EICC in Edinburgh on November 27, where over 1,100 guests will celebrate this annual showcase of the best in renewable energy talent, projects and innovation.

Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, which runs the awards, said “: “We’re absolutely delighted with the phenomenal number of high quality entries we’ve received for this year’s Green Energy Awards. This has meant that our judges have had an extremely difficult task compiling a shortlist for each award...

"The Scottish Green Awards ceremony is the biggest night of the year for the renewable energy industry. This year’s winners are genuine pioneers and innovators who are making a real difference to our environment, economy and society.”


CS Wind and Senvion Ready to Roll

 

CS Wind UK are starting the manufacture of 33 wind turbine towers for leading wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, on SSE's Strathy North wind farm located near the village of Strathy in Sutherland, Scotland.

The Kintyre facility recently successfully completed a prequalification order of foundation sections and has now secured an order from Senvion for the 33 MM82 turbine towers with a total rated output of 67.65 megawatt (MW).

Lesley Black, Business Development Manager at CS Wind UK said " We are delighted to be starting work on this project with Senvion and further strengthening our relationship. Qualifying with a new customer of Senvion’s calibre demonstrates our quality and commitment to our customers, securing local jobs and a long term future for the local economy."

Raymond Gilfedder, MD of Senvion Northern Europe, said: “We have built up a positive working relationship with CS Wind UK and we are delighted that tower manufacturing has now begun for the Strathy North wind farm. We look forward to developing our partnership in the future and continuing our support to help deliver investment and employment opportunities to Campbeltown and the surrounding areas.”

 


CS Wind UK secures order for a further 25 towers from Dutch company EWT

 

CS Wind UK have been awarded a third contract to manufacture towers for EWT, taking their order book of EWT towers for 2014 to 50 towers.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director at CS Wind UK said;

"We are delighted to secure a third order with EWT. These repeat orders demonstrate our consistent quality and commitment to our customers. Wind turbine manufacturers supplying turbines to UK wind farms can and do use high quality local suppliers for their major components, securing jobs and long term economic benefits in the UK from the wind turbine industry."

CS Wind UK is a specialist supplier of high quality wind turbine towers to the on and offshore markets across Europe. The company employs approximately 135 people in Campbeltown and the Mull of Kintyre area.

Marcel Ploeg of EWT said "With this additional contract with CS Wind UK (CS Wind) we will be able to serve our increasing project pipeline in the United Kingdom in 2014 and beyond. This repeat order also shows our commitment to utilize the supply by local manufacturers where possible, since this is an important strategy within our supply chain. We are confident in CS Wind, as they have proved to deliver sound projects in a timely manner and look forward to continue this relationship in the future."

 


New Order for CS Wind UK

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CS Wind UK have been awarded the contract to manufacture 37 wind turbine foundation sections, for the leading wind turbine manufacturer Senvion on SSE's Strathy North wind farm.

The Kintyre facility successfully completed a prequalification order of 4 sections and has now secured an order from Senvion for a further 33.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director at CS Wind UK said " We are delighted to have secured this order, qualifying with a new customer to manufacture foundation sections further demonstrates our versatility and commitment to expanding our business profile. It is encouraging that wind turbine manufacturers looking to supply turbines to Scotland are using high quality Scottish suppliers for large components and thereby, securing jobs and a long term future for the local economies."

Wind Towers (Scotland) was established in 2011, with investment from SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It has since established itself as a specialist supplier of high quality wind turbine towers to markets across Europe. The company employs approximately 135 skilled people from Campbeltown and the Mull of Kintyre area. 

 

CS Wind UK secures order for 10 towers from EWT

CS Wind UK have been awarded the contract to manufacture 10 towers for EWT.

EWT is a global designer and manufacturer of gearless wind turbines active in Europe, North America and Asia. EWT was established in 2004 and is based in the Netherlands. The company offers a broad product portfolio of onshore direct drive wind turbines.

Martin Dijkstra, Global Supply Chain Manager at EWT said

"This contract with CS Wind UK allows us to serve our UK customers for several projects in 2014. We are pleased to work with an established local manufacturer for our growing business in Scotland and other parts of the UK. EWT has a strong focus on the UK market, and continuous to look for opportunities, like this agreement with CS Wind, to deliver our customer the best solutions available." CS Wind UK (Scotland) was established in 2011, with investment from SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It has since established itself as a specialist supplier of high quality wind turbine towers to markets across Europe. The company employs approximately 135 people from Campbeltown and the Mull of Kintyre area.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director of CS Wind UK said

"We are delighted to be working with EWT who are our newest customer. This order shows our versatility and commitment to expanding our business profile. It also demonstrates that wind turbine manufacturers looking to supply turbines to the UK market can use high quality British suppliers for their major components. Thereby, securing jobs and a long term future for the local economies."

Production of the first towers is due to commence in March 2014 and will continue through to the summer. 



CS Wind UK Green Energy Special Recognition

.At the Green Energy Awards Ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh last week, in front of an audience of 1000 of the Industries' key people, CS Wind UK was recognised for its achievements. 

The Awards were established by Scottish Renewables to bring together industry leaders to honour, acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations in Scotland.

CS Wind UK were singled out at the event with a unique special recognition award for business growth.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director said

"Despite not receiving the award for 'business growth' the company was awarded special recognition for its achievements by the judging panel for the first time in the event's 13 year history. The special recognition award was created because the judges felt that we should be recognised formally at the event for our achievements over the last year. To be given such a prestigious award is testament to all the hardworking staff at CS Wind. Everyone has worked incredibly hard and we have doubled our production capacity in recent months. We now have over 130 skilled employees from the local Kintyre area and continue to grow.

CS Wind has faced some challenging times and there could be more ahead, but I believe that we have the skills and determination to navigate through whatever challenges will come our way and that we will emerge stronger."

Pictured with the award- left to right Lesley Black, Dennis Breugelmans, Samantha Coyne

 


CS Wind UK nominated for Prestigious Award

CS Wind UK is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for a Scottish Green Energy Award.

The Awards were established by Scottish Renewables in December 2002 to bring together industry leaders to honour, acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations in Scotland.

Previous winners of the awards have been First minister Alex Salmond and The Crown Estate.

There are 12 award categories to highlight the positive economic and environmental work and contribution that Scotland is making both nationally and internationally to the renewables industry.

The CS Wind UK team have been recognised for business growth.

Wind Towers (Scotland) was established in 2011, with investment from SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It has since established itself as a specialist supplier of high quality wind turbine towers to markets across Europe.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director said

"We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award and to be in such prestigious company. This nomination is a credit to the entire workforce. Everyone has worked incredibly hard and we have doubled our production capacity in recent months. We now have 135 skilled employees from the local Kintyre area."

The Winners will be announced on 5th December at the Green Energy Awards Ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

 


 Community Windpower Sign Memorandum of Understanding with CS Wind UK

CS Wind UK are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Community Windpower for the procurement of turbine towers for their forthcoming consented projects. .

These projects were consented in March this year and construction is planned to commence in March 2014 until May 2016; they will feature 50 Scottish towers manufactured at the Campbeltown facility, showing Community Windpower’s commitment to Scottish companies in securing jobs and increasing inward investment in to Scotland.

Rod Wood, Community Windpower's Managing Director said “we are delighted to continue our commitment to Scottish Industry. We support the Government’s policy of direct inward investment on the back of renewables and believe that more should be done by the industry to create long term jobs and economic growth. Over the years we have purchased 66 tower sections from Campbeltown and are delighted to work with CS Wind UK on our next 3 projects in Scotland”.

The signing ceremony was also attended by Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Member for Argyll and Bute, who welcomed the commitment shown by Community Windpower. He recognised the work SSE and the team at Campbeltown had undertaken over the past 10 months to turn the business around and was delighted that the business was now expanding and taking on more employees, bringing its workforce up to about 130 – “making it a very considerable local employer in Kintyre with ambitions to keep growing”.

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director of CS Wind UK, was also delighted with the stance taken by Community Windpower and said, "we have greatly improved the facility here at Campbeltown and are working towards delivering over 400 towers by 2017. This commitment by Community Windpower will help us fulfil this target. We are particularly impressed with Community Windpower’s ‘Buy Scottish’ initiative which recognises that Scottish Companies have the skills and resources to compete with imports from the Far East."

 

 


 

John Swinney Visit

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, visited the company on 27th August 2013 as part of a series of local engagements by Senior Scottish Government Ministers..

 

Initially meeting staff from CS Wind UK, SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, he received a short presentation outling plans for the future of the factory.
He then was given a tour of the facility where he saw the production of towers for the Keadby and Beinn an Tuirc windfarms.

Commenting later the MSP ’tweeted’ that he had, had a ”fascinating visit” and that it was ”good to see a strong order book and workforce”.

 

 


 

Community At Heart

During September we have been out in the community helping out.

Here are some pictures from these projects.

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Burcote Wind and CS Wind UK Reiterate Jobs and Skills Commitment

.Renewable energy developers Burcote Wind have reconfirmed their Memorandum of Understanding with CS Wind UK after the Kintyre manufacturing facility was restructured and the company rebranded earlier this year. The agreement commits both parties to working together to support jobs and skills in the renewable energy sector in Kintyre and across Scotland.Dunfermline-based Burcote Wind has an extensive pipeline of onshore wind farm development sites throughout Scotland, including the Creggan wind farm proposal site, located around 20 miles north of the Machrihanish CS Wind UK' plant in West Kintyre.

The new agreement reconfirms Burcote Wind's commitment to keep as much of the £1 billion investment behind its project pipeline as possible in Scotland, supporting Scottish jobs and skills.

CS Wind UK is by far the largest single employer in the Campbeltown area, with a workforce of around 130 and the potential to double its manufacturing capacity.

Under the terms of the new Memorandum:

Burcote Wind agrees to offer CS Wind UK Limited the chance to supply CS Wind UK for its projects in the UK and Ireland where technically and commercially possible.CS Wind UK Limited will collaborate with Burcote Wind and provide technical, commercial and operational support in relation to Burcote Wind's projects.The parties will work together to develop an apprenticeship/training scheme in order to create lasting manufacturing and engineering jobs in Scotland.

Burcote Wind's pipeline of projects represents a total investment of more than £1bn in Scotland. If consented, the projects are estimated to generate £143 million in Gross Value Added to the Scottish economy and to contribute nearly £120 million in business rates. They would provide almost £100 million in community benefits to local communities and could displace more than one million tonnes of CO2 per year.

CS Wind UK has a commitment to source its growing workforce from the local community in Kintyre and has ambitious plans to invest in the development of a local training academy in Campbeltown to develop the necessary skills among local young people.

Signing the new Memorandum of Understanding at CS Wind UK Limited, Graham Brown, Chairman of Burcote Wind, said:

"We've watched with great interest as CS Wind UK has gone through tremendous change in the last 12 months. It's exciting to see the level of ambition the new management has for the future of the plant.

"It's particularly encouraging to see the company's plans for local skills development really beginning to take shape. Burcote Wind is absolutely committed to making a substantial contribution to the future success of CS Wind UK.

"We can do that in two ways: First, by creating the opportunity of a pipeline of orders from our onshore wind farm developments to bolster the facility's future order book. Second, by channelling community benefit funding from proposed developments such as Creggan wind farm towards supporting skills development within the local community in Kintyre."

Dennis Breugelmans, Managing Director of CS Wind UK, said:

"CS Wind UK is delighted to reconfirm its commitment to collaborate with Burcote Wind to support the community of Kintyre in taking full advantage of the skills development and employment opportunities in Argyll and Bute's growing renewable energy industry.

"Agreements such as these give us the confidence to invest in developing our workforce for the future. Burcote Wind's support will also help us to turn our plans for a training academy in Campbeltown into a reality, offering people from the local community long-term career opportunities here in Kintyre."

 


 

New MD Appointed

 

Machrihanish-based CS Wind UK have announced the appointment of a

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new managing director, Dennis Breugelmans.

He will start in his new position on January 1, after leaving his role as corporate finance manager at SSE.

During his three years in the post, he worked on both of SSE’s investments in the venture and became a board member of CS Wind UK in May 2011.

 

 


 

CS Wind UK secures order for 34 towers from Vestas

CS Wind UK have been awarded the contract to manufacture 34 V90 

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tower Sections will be transported from the Machrihanish facility to the SSE owned wind farm site via the recently extended Campbeltown Harbour as well as via road. Once constructed, the project will have an installed capacity of 68MW and will provide clean, green energy which will power the equivalent of between 38,000 and 47,000 UK homes.CS Wind will be holding an Open Day on Saturday the 8th June 2013 from 12pm to 4pm.ers from Vestas for the Keadby Windfarm in North Lincolnshire. Production of the first towers is due to commence in March 2013 and will continue through to the beginning of September 2013. 

 


 

SSE increases holding in CS Wind UK Ltd

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SSE has agreed to acquire from Marsh Wind Technology Ltd its 40.05% share in CS Wind UK, taking SSE's total shareholding in CS Wind UK to 80.1%.  The remaining 19.9% of ordinary share capital is held by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  The transaction is expected to be fully completed in the next couple of weeks.

CS Wind UK ("WTL") is a joint venture established in February 2011 to purchase the Skykon wind turbine tower manufacturing and assembly plant at Machrihanish, Campbeltown. WTL commenced tower manufacturing at the Machrihanish site in August 2011. Since then the company has realigned production and expanded its facilities. WTL has aggressively pursued market opportunities and has been successful in securing orders from a number of different clients. In addition to producing wind turbine towers for onshore wind farms, the site is now well placed to begin production of turbine towers for offshore wind farms, which will enable WTL to participate in the next phase of offshore wind developments.

The senior management team based at the plant will not change following this announcement and total employment at the facility is expected to remain around 100.

Jim McPhillimy, SSE's Managing Director, Group Services, said:

"A robust and sustainable supply chain offers significant value to renewable energy developers in Scotland. We recognise that SSE has an important role in helping create this and that is why we have entered into a range of strategic alliances and investments to secure this supply chain for Scotland. CS Wind UK is an important link in that chain and its strategic importance to SSE is reflected in our decision to increase our share in the joint venture."

Douglas Cowan, HIE's Area Manager for Argyll and the Islands, said:

"Investments made in developing the infrastructure, combined with the skills of the local workforce and its experience in the marketplace, means the Machrihanish facility is winning orders and attracting market interest.   As the UK's largest generator of electricity from renewable sources, SSE can continue to support the growth of CS Wind UK's and its place in the renewable energy supply chain."


 

Open Day - Saturday 8th June 2013

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CS Wind will be holding an Open Day on Saturday the 8th June 2013 from 12pm to 4pm.

There will be buses running every half hour from 11.30am – 4.30pm from the Aqualibrium, Kinloch Road to our factory in Machrihanish.

Please come along to see our facility where there will be welding demonstrations, tours, refreshments, children’s entertainment and lots more. We look forward to seeing you!

 


 

Deputy First Minister visits CS Wind UK

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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, recently visited the tower production factory as part of her visit to Kintyre to officially open the New Quay in Campbeltown.

Initially meeting staff from CS Wind UK and shareholders, SSE and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, she received a short presentation from CS WindL Managing Director, Dennis Breugelmans in which he outlined his plans for the future.

A tour of the facility then followed where the deputy minister saw production of the first tower sections for the Keadby wind farm project. Commenting later the Deputy First Minister said that she had enjoyed her visit and that she was impressed at the progress being made at the factory.

 

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