Paris, November 4, 2011 — Following the call for tenders for offshore wind energy launched in July 2011 by the French government, Alstom is planning to establish up to two sites dedicated to the production of components and to the assembly of 6 MW offshore wind turbines in the port areas of Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg.
The dimensioning of the project will depend on the success in the call for tenders of the consortium led by EDF EN to which Alstom belongs. Alstom's investments could reach $138 million and generate up to 1,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs.
If the consortium is selected at a level that ensures an industrial critical mass, Alstom plans to establish:
* In Saint-Nazaire, the nacelles and generators manufacturing activities, to which would be added, still in Loire-Atlantique, Alstom's offshore engineering center
* In Cherbourg, the production of the blades, in partnership with LM Wind Power, as well as the towers manufacturing workshop, which would be set up by Alstom's supplier, chosen subsequently
Following an in-depth consultation phase, Alstom chose these two large French ports on the basis of criteria that combined the quality of their infrastructures, the ease of access to the wind farms prescribed by the call for tenders, the mechanisms for support for investment established by the local authorities, and also the existence of industrial know-how and the ability to create a dense industrial network focused on offshore wind power.
In Saint-Nazaire as in Cherbourg, Alstom is going to benefit from the expertise already acquired and from a network of sub-contractors in these catchment areas of manpower in electro-mechanical engineering, machining of large parts, handling of heavy packages and knowledge of marine environments.
These industrial projects will allow the production of the "Haliade 150", the first new generation 6 MW offshore wind turbine, each unit of which will be capable of supplying the equivalent of about 5,000 homes with power.