By the end of 2019, GE Renewable Energy plans to have recruited more than 200 employees for its LM Wind Power blade factory in France
By the end of 2019, GE Renewable Energy plans to have recruited more than 200 employees for its LM Wind Power blade factory in France.
The Cherbourg factory recruited 120 employees in 2018 and will have more than 320 employees by the end of 2019. GE said 34% of those already employed are women.
The company noted that 60 of the 200 people the company needs have already been recruited and have begun training at the factory’s Centre of Excellence.
Opened in April 2018, the Cherbourg facility became the first wind turbine blade manufacturing site in France. It was used to manufacture the world’s first wind turbine blade that exceeds 100 m in length. The 107-m blade, LM 107.0 P, was completed earlier this year.
The Cherbourg facility will manufacture the 107 m blades for GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine, the world’s most powerful wind turbine to date, the first of which is due to be tested later this year in Rotterdam.
LM Wind Power site director Erwan Le Floch said a significant number of the employees at the site are from the Normandy region. “We are proud to take part in the region’s social and economic development, and we are happy to create more jobs in the surrounding community this year,” he said.
LM 107.0 P project manager Lukasz Cejrowski said the project was creating a lot of enthusiasm among LM Wind’s employees. He said the company’s employees were excited to have produced the first blade in the world that is longer than 100 m.