LM Wind Power breaks ground on French blade factory
French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, helped lay the first stone at LM Wind Power's new blade factory in Cherbourg, Normandy, France.
Photo: Eric.BIERNACKI, Region Normandie
Danish wind turbine blade maker LM Wind Power today broke ground on its factory for offshore wind turbine blades in Cherbourg, in France’s Normandy region.
The company plans to put about EUR 100 million (USD 107.9m) into the development of the Cherbourg site which is expected to grow to a capacity of between 1.2 and 2 GW.
"The offshore market in Europe provides significant opportunities for growth in the coming years and we are proud to be right at the center of that development with this new Cherbourg blade plant, " said LM Wind Power CEO, Marc de Jong.
The company aims to ramp up the site by the start of 2018. It plans to begin hiring and training after the summer, hoping to reach more than 550 people at the facility once the first production lines are in place.