March 27 (Renewables Now) - Most of Europe’s wind turbine and component manufacturing plants are operational, with 96% of them carrying out production activities, trade body WindEurope said.
The industry organisation said in an update related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its effect on the economy that the closed manufacturing bases are mainly located in Spain and Italy. The two countries are following the strictest lockdown protocols.
In Spain, among the shut factories are Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s (BME:SGRE) blade production facility in Aoiz and two of LM Wind Power’s blade factories in Castellon and Leon. Italy’s eTa Blades, meanwhile, has closed its manufacturing plant in Fano, Italy, as did compatriot Celme with its transformers factory in Montebello Vicentino.
WindEurope noted that the whole European supply chain is suffering due to restrictions to the free movement of goods and workers caused by the coronavirus and measures taken to limit its spread, adding that the situation puts uncertainty on energy policy and the broader economy. The Chinese component and material supply, which was disrupted last month, is ramping back up again now, it pointed out.