New optimism for the wind energy industry
Siemens Gamesa has opened Germany’s largest factory for offshore wind turbines in Cuxhaven
The new Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) plant for the production of nacelles for offshore wind turbines was opened in Cuxhaven on 5 June. Stephan Weil (SPD), Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, and Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, were present for the opening celebrations. The construction of the 55,000 square metres production site had begun in June 2016, with the run-up phase for production starting one year later.
“With our new factory in Cuxhaven, Siemens Gamesa has sent a clear signal concerning the potential of renewable energy. Continuous innovations in the field lead to sea-based wind power being more and more competitive vis-à-vis other forms of power generation,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, on the occasion of the opening, and he expressed gratitude to workers, businesses and supporters for their engagement.
“Siemens Gamesa has opened a state-of-the-art production plant in Cuxhaven, which is an important milestone for the Cuxhaven-based German Offshore Industry Centre. Supported by the existing port infrastructure and the existing offshore expertise in Cuxhaven, this industrial settlement presents new opportunities for Cuxhaven, also making further investment in this location more attractive,” added Hans-Peter Zint, chairman of the HWG.
To lower the cost of electrical generation even further, the turbines for the offshore wind parks are efficiently produced with the assistance of digital systems and are transported directly to the installation sites in the North Sea with the aid of specially designed vessels. The production site is the first new plant investment by Siemens in Germany in 25 years. 200 million euros were invested in the project. According to the largest global producer of wind turbines, its order books are already full until 2020.
The production site in Cuxhaven brings new optimism to the challenging wind energy industry in Germany. According to IG Metall Küste, more than 2,000 jobs have been lost since the beginning of the year. The production site in Cuxhaven will, together with its supplier network, support approximately 1,000 jobs.