Alstom has inaugurated offshore wind turbine production plants in France. The factories, located in Saint-Nazaire, will be devoted to manufacturing nacelles and generators for the company's Haliade 150-6MW offshore turbines.
‘The inauguration of the Saint-Nazaire facility represents a milestone in Alstom's story and in the country's own industrial history,’ says Alstom Chairman and Managing Director Patrick Kron. ‘These new plants are France's first offshore wind turbine production factories. Thanks to them, we shall now be in a position to serve the French market, as well as to meet a growing international demand.’
Construction work on the plants began in May 2013 and was completed in the fall. Currently, the Saint-Nazaire facilities are located within a 14-hectare area and cover a total surface of 19,000 square meters. Ultimately, Alstom says the plants will employ about 300 workers, including 200 assembling the nacelles and 100 producing generators.
The plants have been sized to each produce up to 100 machines annually, and they will be fully operational in early 2015. Production will kick off in the first quarter of 2015, with Alstom planning to first deliver early non-standard turbines, including five intended for Deepwater Wind's 30 MW Block Island offshore project in the U.S.
The plants will also be assembling the 238 offshore turbines that are planned to equip three French facilities installed by EDF in Saint-Nazaire, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fecamp starting in 2017.
Alstom says the towers and blades for its Haliade 150-6MW turbines will be made in company plants in Cherbourg, France.