Areva plans 100% French-built turbine

FRANCE: Areva CEO Luc Oursel has unveiled plans to manufacture the company's M5000 5MW turbine in the Haute-Normandie region of France.

Saint Brieuc will use Areva's M5000 turbine

Areva was part of the Iberdrola-led consortium that was selected to for the 500MW Saint-Brieuc offshore concession in northern France.

Oursel said the turbines used on the project would be entirely manufactured in France. This includes the gearboxes, which will made made by Moventas.

Other suppliers include power and automation group ABB, bearings manufacturer NTN SNR, shipping supplier Fouré Lagandec and composites specialist Plastinov.

The Areva boss also hinted that any new manufacturing plants would be used to supply components to any UK wind farms. Areva has been looking at building a UK assembly plant in eastern England.

Oursel said: "By deploying a robust industrial plan in Haute- Normandie, which opens up a wealth of business opportunities both in France and in the South of the UK or in Belgium, Areva is making an active contribution to the reindustrialisation of the regions in which we are present and to the export of our energy know-how."

Wind manufacturing plants in France are relatively rare. Last month, Enercon claimed it was building the first large-scale manufacturing facility in France when it opened a concrete tower factory in Picardy, France.