Offshore wind turbine co Adwen slashes jobs, turns to service

Adwen nacelle. Copyright: Adwen GmbH / P. Beglez.

June 27 (Renewables Now) - The workforce of offshore wind turbines maker Adwen will be halved in Germany as part of parent company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA’s (BME:SGRE) restructuring effort.

Adwen said Tuesday 260 jobs will have to go due to lack of orders and cost pressure in the wind industry. Talks with worker representatives are to begin immediately, while the cut is to be completed by late 2020.

The Bremerhaven facility will remain as a service hub and will not longer produce new equipment. Adwen previously ended blades manufacturing in Stade.

Siemens Gamesa in September 2017 said it will discontinue the production of Adwen's AD8 offshore wind turbine and will instead use its own D8 model for two projects in French waters. In November 2017, SGRE presented a restructuring plan that envisages 6,000 job cuts as “a necessary step to strengthen the group and consolidate its position as a market leader.”

Adwen was set up in 2015 as a 50/50 joint venture between France’s Areva (EPA:AREVA) and Spain’s Gamesa. The French nuclear power company decided in the autumn of 2016 to sell its 50% stake in it to its JV partner ahead of Gamesa’s merger with the wind power division of Siemens AG (ETR:SIE).

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