Siemens is investing around €200 million to build its first production facility for offshore wind turbine components in Germany. The new factory in Cuxhaven will be one of Siemens’ most significant new production facilities in Germany in recent years and create up to 1,000 new jobs. The factory is to manufacture nacelles for the company’s next-generation wind turbines. These wind turbines are designed for use at sea and have a capacity of 7 MW.
The planned production facility will have a surface area of 170,000 square meters and will be located directly at the edge of Cuxhaven’s well-developed harbor, allowing heavy components to be loaded directly onto transportation vessels, thereby avoiding expensive ground transportation. The new factory will handle the final assembly of generators, hubs and nacelle back-ends, which are all connected to form complete nacelles, the core of offshore wind turbines. While evaluating the new manufacturing location, the company also intensively examined the possibilities for investing in existing locations that are being impacted by structural transformations.
In addition to the new facility in Cuxhaven, Siemens is also currently constructing a plant for rotor blades in Hull, UK, for six- and seven-megawatt-class wind turbines. This plant is also scheduled to be fully operational in 2017. Germany is the most significant market for offshore wind power after the UK.
Only a few days after announcing the project, Siemens senior management and political leaders gathered in Cuxhaven for a signing ceremony for the planned facility. At an event at the factory’s construction site in the eastern port area, Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, and Ulrich Getsch, Mayor of Cuxhaven, signed documents on the investment. Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG, attended the ceremony, as well as Olaf Lies, Minister of Economic Affairs for Lower Saxony.
The production of the first components is scheduled to begin in mid-2017.