Adwen to build factories in France for 8MW production

FRANCE: Offshore turbine manufacturer Adwen has signed an agreement with French engineering and architectural firms Egis, Auxitec and Enia Architectes to manage the design and permitting of two factories at Le Havre, northern France.

Adwen offers a 5MW (pictured) and 8MW turbine

The factories, to start production in 2018, will undertake nacelle assembly and blade manufacturing for the Adwen 8MW-180 turbine, selected for the St-Brieuc, Le Treport and Yeu & Noirmoutier projects, totalling nearly 1.5GW.

Adwen is also building its local supply chain. It has selected engineering group ACN-Normandie to produce the pre-assembly system for the blade bearings for the prototype 8MW turbine, currently under construction.

In addition, Normandy-based ACMH is making steel generator covers for Adwen's 5MW turbines, produced in Bremerhaven.

"We are committed to continuing the development of the industrial offshore wind sector," said Adwen CEO Luis Alvarez.

"These first contracts with French companies are the epitome of the realisation of our commitment and of the mobilisation and competitiveness of [small and medium enterprises]," Alvarez added.