Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has officially unveiled an offshore nacelle production factory, built with an investment of around $236m in Cuxhaven, Germany.
The nacelles developed at the site will be designated for assembly at offshore wind energy facilities and is the first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany.
The nacelles to be manufactured at the facility are for the company’s next-generation wind turbines, which are designed to be deployed at sea.
Siemens Gamesa expects to employ about 850 people at the Cuxhaven factory by the end of 2018 with more than half of these to work directly in manufacturing of the nacelles.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy CEO Markus Tacke said: “With our new plant in Cuxhaven, Siemens Gamesa is sending a clear signal regarding the power of renewable energy.
“Numerous innovations continue to make offshore wind power even more competitive with other sources of industrial power generation. Lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy from offshore wind is a key focus area for us, benefitting our customers, ratepayers, and society-at-large.”
The building of the 5,000m2 production factory began two years ago.
Siemens Gamesa said that the nacelle factory has been constructed quite near the Germany North Sea port, thereby enabling the direct transport of large and heavy wind turbine components by ship from the factory to offshore wind farms.