Bard to cease turbine blade production

GERMANY: Bard is to close its offshore turbine blade production facility in Emden at the end of June.

The company has no further contracts beyond production for the 80 turbines currently being installed at the Bard Offshore 1 station in the North Sea.

None of the company’s potential investors have signalled an intention to keep blade production going, a Bard spokesman told Windpower Monthly. The aim is to find jobs for some of the 100 employees elsewhere within the Bard group.

The outlook for offshore turbine foundation subsidiary Cuxhaven Steel Construction is better.

Intensive talks are underway with potential partners and wind project developers over foundations supply deals. If successful, these would keep the company in production after deliveries to Bard Offshore 1 have been completed, Bard said.

50 out of 80 foundations are now installed at the project, 30 have a tower and nacelle in place and 16 of the 5MW turbines are already generating electricity, the Bard spokesman said.  The 400MW project is due for completion in 2013, with handover to the owner in 2014.

Bard expects to announce a strategic investor for the Bard group by mid-2012. Two potential investors have made non-binding offers, and talks are continuing with several other consortia, the company said.

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