Doosan Pull-Out Bad News For Renewables Industry

Korean giant abandons offshore wind plans for Scotland

Doosan Power Systems is abandoning its plans  for developing offshore wind turbines in Scotland “in light of the overall economic conditions and liquidity issues in Europe”. Apparently the decision was made and the Scottish government were informed in December. Quite why this has only just come to light is not clear, but Doosan have made it very clear that they were not prevented by the Scottish government from releasing the news.

A spokesperson for the company said,

“The company remains committed to working in Scotland and the UK as a whole, as demonstrated by our continual investment in technology and product development as a global centre of excellence for the Doosan Group. We also continue to fully support the development of clean energy solutions.”

Wind industry lobby group RenewableUK pointed out that Doosan’s pullout was contrary to  a predominantly positive trend:

“In the first quarter of this year we have seen Vestas submit a planning application for Sheerness, Siemens progress with plans for Hull, and of course the Gamesa announcement last month that they are discussing a memorandum of understanding with the port of Leith in the hopes of providing a factory employing 800 people. There have also been significant developments in the broader supply chain. Only last week Offshore Group Newcastle announced that they would create up to 1,000 jobs building foundations for offshore wind farms. With these developments, provided the policy framework and mood music [are] right, we remain convinced that we can achieve up to 90,000 people employed in wind, wave and tidal industries by 2020.”

This is a worrying development though, both for Scotland and for the UK renewables industry as a whole. The Coalition’s  wavering and backtracking on green promises cannot be helping. Let us hope that Doosan is not just the first domino.


Guardian Environment article

BBC article



3 Responses to “Doosan Pull-Out Bad News For Renewables Industry”

  • Iain G Richmond:

    Is Doosan pulling out of Offshore because their researchers know something we don’t . I came across this interesting post which could explain their reluctance to become involved in Northsea Offshore.

    “I live in north east Norfolk, England. There is a wind farm offshore of Great Yarmouth at Scroby Sands and a huge new development, Sheringham Shoal, further north round our coast, yet to come on stream.

    The Scroby Sands development was implemented against expert recommendation that the site was not suitable. Ignoring the usual problems such as intermittency, a bigger one for offshore sites is that the bearing tolerances for the blade mechanisms of these beasts allow a SOA of +/- 3 degrees off the perpendicular. As predicted, many of these turbines have failed prematurely because of bearing burnout caused by running outside of their SOA – the darned things are tilting!

    A hopeless technology and testimony to the monumental stupidity of the (oxy)moronic green economy taken on board so quickly by our blind and non expert politicians in their fight for votes.”

    SOA = Safe Operating Area

    • admin:

      Inadequate foundations are simply inadequate foundations. We have successfully sited many other structures on the seabed. It may be that the Scroby Sands site was unsuitable, it may be that advice was ignored, and if so heads need to roll because of this – but it is not a compelling reason to abandon offshore wind.

  • Mike G.:

    Windfarms do not work, are detrimental to the Green movement and are basically Scams which leave our land scared and industrialized. Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global CO2 levels to a meaningful degree; what’s more wind power is by nature intermittent and cannot generate a steady output, necessitating back-up coal and gas power plants that significantly negate the saving of greenhouse gas emissions.
    In addition to the inefficacy of wind power there are ecological drawbacks, including damage to habitats, wildlife and the far-from-insignificant aesthetic drawback of the assault upon natural beauty and the pristine landscape, which wind turbines entail.

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