Siemens opens Livingston hub.
GERMAN technology firm Siemens has opened a new hub in Livingston to support customer projects and onshore wind farm construction across the UK and Ireland.
Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP, officially opened the office on Tuesday.
The new office will have up to 30 permanent staff, providing support for onshore wind projects as well as serving as a base for Siemens project management and environment, health and safety teams.
Grant Walker, managing director for Siemens Onshore Wind Power GB&I said: "This is a crucial strategic step for Siemens Onshore Wind, consolidating our commitment to Scotland as a key market and ensuring we meet our obligations to employment and the economy in the United Kingdom.
"The new facility will enable Siemens to meet its customer needs more effectively. It also confirms our commitment to supporting Scotland's low carbon vision, supporting continued investment and the economies critical for the success of onshore wind."
Siemens has supplied technology to a number of large onshore wind farms in Scotland, such as Whitelee, Clyde, Crystal Rigg II and Griffin Forest, and pioneered its direct drive technology at wind farms like Lochluichart, Millour Hill and Calder Water wind farms.
Siemens currently employs more than 600 people across Scotland its four sectors - Energy, Industry, Healthcare and Infrastructure and Cities.
Commenting on the opening, Mr Ewing said: "This further establishes Siemens as a key player in the renewables sector and one that is making an important contribution to our long-term onshore wind ambitions."