Engineering firm Alstom has responded to a call for tenders from the French government with plans to set up two sites in Frances dedicated to the production of turbines for offshore wind farms.
The plans would see Alstom invest up to €100 million in developing port sites at Saint-Nazaire in the Loire-Atlantique region and Cherbourg in the Manche region to build the new ‘Haliade 150’ 6 MW offshore wind turbines.
The two sites would be Alstom’s first dedicated entirely to offshore wind energy and could generate up to 1000 direct jobs and 4000 indirect positions.
Alstom would manufacture nacelles and generators at Saint-Nazaire and the blades in Cherbourg in partnership with LM Wind Power.
Cherbourg would also serve as the site for producing the turbine towers, which will be set up by Alstom’s yet to be chosen supplier.
“By locating in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg, Alstom would be sharing in the ambition of the consortium led by EDF EN… to which it belongs, [creating] a long-lasting industrial and technological sector,” says Jérôme Pécresse, president of Alstom’s renewable power sector.
For further information:
Alstom invests in Scotland’s marine sector (28-Jun)
Alstom moves into renewables with stake in BrightSource Energy (26-May 2010)
04 November 2011