Alstom confirmed the plan developed for the industrial consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles, which won three fields of the tender issued by the French Government for the installation of 3GW of offshore wind in France.
With its wind Haliade 150, Alstom will become the sole supplier of consortium of EDF EN, the Danish energy company Dong Energy and developers WPD and Nass & Wind Offshore.
The consortium was selected for the three projects submitted on the fields of Saint-Nazaire, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fécamp totaling a volume of about 240 wind turbines. In total, this project will represent an amount of Alstom for orders over € 2 billion of which registration will take several years.
The French company said in a statement that orders will occur field by field, from 2014, after the conclusion of feasibility studies and impact assessments of each project.
In addition, Alstom will create 1,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs, with the establishment of four plants and an investment of 100 million euros in the offshore wind industry in France.
Alstom also confirms that the implementation of the industrial plan will begin in 2013 with the launch of recruitment and installation of the first factories in St-Nazaire and Cherbourg, while the production start is planned for 2014. The number of permanent jobs generated by this project – through subcontracting French – should be around 5,000.
The nacelle assembly factories and manufacturing of generators will be located in Saint-Nazaire, on the quayside on 14 hectares of port area Montoir de Bretagne. They employ 300 people. Production of blades, in partnership with LM Wind Power, and the manufacture of masts will be in Cherbourg, where the two plants will represent 500 direct jobs. 200 additional jobs will be added to this device in an engineering center and R & D Alstom dedicated to Ocean Energy.
“The announcement of the results of the tender allows Alstom to confirm its industrial plan. This plan is the first step towards the creation of an industrial French excellence in offshore wind and Alstom confirms its development strategy of the wind, “said Patrick Kron, Alstom’s Chairman and CEO.
Production Haliade 150 pre-production began in Saint-Nazaire in a temporary studio that will produce forty wind turbines before the commissioning of plants. The first wind turbine was installed Haliade 150 to land on the site of the book, near St. Nazaire for a series of tests for certification. The second offshore wind will be delivered in autumn 2012 in Belgium for a second phase of testing at sea