MHI Vestas Offshore Wind looks set to expand its Isle of Wight operation.

The company announced this morning that it was relocating its testing-related activities at West Medina Mills, Newport, to the nearby St Cross facility.

The company said the move would make room for future expansion.

A statement from the company said the latest development reinforced its commitment to the Isle of Wight, where it employs 130 people.

It said: "Our facilities on the Isle of Wight are an important part of our global footprint, and the relocation of some of our activities on the Island to make way for future offshore wind expansion underlines our long-term commitment to the community and the growth of the UK wind energy sector,” says John Rimmer, Vestas Technology UK managing director.

“With MHI Vestas Offshore Wind moving their blade, bearing and material testing to St Cross, we are now considering how MHI Vestas can take full advantage of the West Medina Mills facility for offshore blade production,” said James Luter, MHI Vestas director of blade production.

The company said relocation work would start this week, with some Vestas staff remaining at West Medina Mills.