Siemens To Commit €200 Million For First German Offshore Wind Turbine Facility

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Siemens announced early August that it will invest €200 million into building its first offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility in Germany.

The planned manufacturing facility will be the first for the company in Germany, and will manufacture nacelles for the company’s next-generation 7 MW wind turbines, designed for use out at sea. Specifically, the factory will be responsible for the final assembly of generators, hubs, and nacelle back-ends.

Offshore-Windturbine SWT-6.0-154 von Siemens / Siemens offshore wind turbine SWT-6.0-154The facility is set to be built in Cuxhaven, in the country’s north, and bordering on the North Sea — prime territory for the development of offshore wind turbines, thanks to optimal wind conditions, but also strenuous locales.

“The decision to build a new production facility in Cuxhaven represents a clear commitment to Germany as a business location,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. “The new Siemens factory will employ up to 1,000 skilled employees. The expansion of offshore wind power capacity in Germany and Europe represents an enormous opportunity for northern Germany and Siemens.”

The new factory will create up to a thousand new jobs, and Siemens is describing the facility as one of its “most significant new production facilities in Germany in recent years.” The facility is planned to spread out over 170,000 square meters, and will be located on the edge of Cuxhaven’s harbour.

“We’re looking forward to building at this factory the most efficient and reliable ‘Made in Germany’ wind turbines,” said Markus Tacke, CEO of the Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We invest where we see opportunities for growth – and Germany and Northern Europe are dynamic growth markets for us. The new factory will also make an important contribution toward helping us reach our goal of making wind power competitive.”

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11 thoughts on “Siemens To Commit €200 Million For First German Offshore Wind Turbine Facility

  • Reading it, I first thought they were going to put the factory off-shore, like on a barge in the sea. Yes I know I was confused.

    Anyway, good to see Siemens gearing up for large deployment in the North-Sea.

    • haha that would be unpractical 😀

  • Very nice. Seems to be a good indicator that the offshore wind industry in Germany is going to get very very big.

    • Not just for German offshore market, they likely also will supply neighbouring countries from there.

      • Very true, but Germany is by far the most important country due to it’s size and population.

    • If you zoom in you see a white sandy area next to the Elbe River, there the Siemens factory will be built.

      Civilization: Many wind turbines and cows. 🙂

    • With a population of 80M it might be difficult not to find civilization.

      • Frisia is a very rural area and not so attractive for “immigrants”, to build the factory in Cuxhaven, even when this is only a second tier city, is IMHO a smart move if you want to attract highly skilled workforce.

  • Remember the story that high energy prices were driving German industry to other, cheaper locations?

    • Sure do. It was based on one company moving some of their chemical production to the US in order to utilize cheaper natural gas as feedstock.

      Of course the articles about high energy prices driving German industry to other countries somehow ‘forgot’ to mention the one company, not related to electricity part.

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