With long-delayed French offshore wind projects finally securing permits, a leading manufacturer of turbines is pressing ahead with plans to build turbines in the country.
Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has a filed a permit to build an industrial complex dedicated to constructing and assembling offshore wind turbines at Le Havre. The permit was submitted on 15 February 2019.
The facility it would like to build will manufacture blades and nacelles for its offshore wind turbines and could generate 750 direct and indirect jobs.
Construction of the new facility is expected to start in mid-2020. It should enter operation by the end of 2021, according to Siemens Gamesa president and managing director in France, Filippo Cimitan.
The manufacturing plant will be built on a brown field site owned by the Port of Le Havre and will build turbines for the Le Treport, Saint Brieuc and Noirmoutier offshore wind projects.
Lengthy delays in French offshore wind projects have raised question marks about industrial facilities required to build turbines and blades in France. In response to local content incentives in France’s Round 1 and 2 projects, industrial commitments were made by a number of turbine OEMs, including GE and Siemens Gamesa.