Siemens Gamesa has started manufacture of its patented offshore direct drive wind turbine nacelles and patented integral blades at its new factory in Le Havre, France. It is reputedly the largest industrial renewable energy project in the country, and the first facility anywhere to encompass both offshore wind turbine nacelle and blade manufacturing under one roof. A dedicated installation hub is also under finalisation on the same site.

Filippo Cimitan, MD of Siemens Gamesa France , commented: “The first nacelles and blades headed for the Bay of Saint Brieuc and Fecamp projects are tangible proof of the power of commitment to renewable energy in France. The French Offshore Sector Deal recently signed by the French government commits to 18 GW to be installed by 2035 and for awards growing from 2 GW per year from 2025 onwards. The growth path is crystal clear”.

Siemens Gamesa has approximately 2.5 GW of capacity currently in its French pipeline, including firm orders for the 496 MW Bay of Saint Brieuc project, the 497 MW Fecamp project, the 448 MW Calvados (formerly Courseulles-sur-Mer) project, and the 24 MW Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind power project. Preferred supplier agreements include 496 MW Yeu Noirmoutier and Dieppe le Tréport, both 496 MW. These arrays will have Siemens Gamesa 7 MW and 8 MW offshore direct drive WTGs installed, and employ 75 m B75 blades and 81 m B81 blades.

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