Alstom to set up two sites for offshore wind turbines production in Saint-Nazaire, Cherbourg
Nov 4, 2011 - French heavy engineering group Alstom (EPA:ALO) said today it plans to set up two sites for the production of offshore wind turbines in the port areas of Saint-Nazaire and Cherboug in northwestern France.
These will be Alstom's first sites in the world dedicated entirely to offshore wind energy.
The dimension of the project will depend on the success of Alstom's participation in the French governmental tender for installing the first offshore wind turbines in the country. The heavy engineering group has teamed up with renewable energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles.
Alstom's investment may reach EUR 100 million (USD 138m) and may create up to 1,000 direct jobs in the region.
The company's plans for the time being are to establish the nacelles and generators manufacturing activities at Saint-Nazaire, while the production of blades will take place in Cherbourg.
Following an in-depth consultation phase, Alstom chose the two large French ports upon a number of criteria, such as quality of local infrastructure, easy access to the future wind farms, local investment incentives and others.