Siemens Gamesa has selectd a consortium led by GTM Normandie-Centre, a subsidiary of VINCI Construction France for the construction of its offshore wind turbine plant in Le Havre.
The 20-hectare factory located on the Quai Joannes Couvert in the Port of Le Havre will be the first in the world to manufacture all main offshore wind turbine components under one roof.
“More than a third of the consortium is made up of local companies that will draw on the know-how of partners and subcontractors from the local and regional economic fabric. The work will use materials produced in Le Havre,” said Christophe Quardel, regional director of GTM Normandie-Centre.
This offshore wind turbine plant is the largest industrial project in the French renewable energy industry to date and will be used to supply Siemens Gamesa offshore wind projects in France and potentially abroad.
“Start of operation for the plant is scheduled to take place between the end of 2021 and early 2022,” says Filippo Cimitan, managing director of Siemens Gamesa France.
The Siemens Gamesa offshore manufacturing plant in Le Havre is expected to create approximately 750 direct and indirect jobs when fully operational, particularly in the fields of composite materials, mechanical assembly, and logistics. Siemens Gamesa is expected to start recruiting at the end of 2020.