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Sheerness port "disappointed" on Vestas broken deal

The chief executive of Peel Ports has spoken of his disappointment after wind turbine manufacturer Vestas pulled out of a deal to build a factory at Sheerness - that would have created 1,600 jobs.

In a statement, Peel Ports Chief Executive, Mark Whitworth said:

“We are extremely disappointed that we have been unable to conclude the agreement with Vestas. However, we remain fully committed to the strategy outlined for the Port of Sheerness of attracting major renewables manufacturers to complement our valued heritage business."_


Hundreds of jobs for Kent

wind turbines in the UK Credit: PA Images

Plans for a massive wind-turbine factory, creating 16 hundred jobs, have been given approval. It's the latest development in what has been a momentous week for the economy of Kent.

Danish firm Vestas, the world's biggest producer of wind turbines, plans to build the plant - the size of 93 football pitches - at the Port of Sheerness.

It's a welcome boost for the Isle of Sheppey, which has been hit by the loss of several major employers, and it follows news of potential massive investment in Kent by the nuclear power industry.