July 4 (Renewables Now) - GE Renewable Energy said Wednesday it plans to hire more than 200 employees at its factory in Cherbourg, France, where it is currently making blades for the 12-MW Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype.
This way, the Cherbourg factory, which operates under GE’s wind turbine blade business LM Wind Power, will employ more than 320 people by the end of 2019.
The company says the factory's doors are open to all people regardless of their profiles and background. The facility has its own training centre that provides theoretical coursework along with practical training and a mentoring programme. Of the planned 200, 60 newcomers have already been recruited and are currently undergoing training.
LM Wind Power is looking to boost the workforce at the factory floor to prepare the blades for the commercial production phase.
The factory produced the first 107-metre (351 ft) long blade for the Haliade-X prototype this April. Four more are to follow. Two of the blades will be sent to indoor testing facilities at the ORE Catapult Research & Development Centre in Blyth, UK. The remaining three will be fitted to the Haliade-X prototype installed at the port of Rotterdam.