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Enercon takes Covid-19 precautions

Turbine maker Enercon is in a Covid-19 crisis mode by taking extensive measures for the best possible protection of employees’ health and to ensure continued operations.

The German manufacturer has taken a number of precautions to protect staff
The German manufacturer has taken a number of precautions to protect staff

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"Our crisis team continuously monitors the situation worldwide in order to be able to react immediately to current developments," a spokesman told Windpower Monthly.

The company is monitoring statements by the authorities, especially the German Robert Koch Institute, to ensure all specifications and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus are immediately implemented.

Around 4,000 employees worldwide now work remotely and Enercon has placed a global ban on air travel plus other restrictions.

The OEM has confirmed one Coronavirus case in France, with other employees in domestic quarantine and as yet no further illnesses.

Enercon's turbine production capacities are currently reduced and some global transport routes are affected due to quarantine regulations, border closures, travel restrictions, curfews, and other measures.

But precautions were taken early to identify and secure alternatives, limiting the global delivery risk, for the time being, he added.

Still, the company cannot rule out any future impact on critical supply chains and processes. It is in close contact with customers and suppliers to identify critical processes and negotiate a level of service that balances requirements with restrictions applying at any time, the spokesman said.

The company has drawn up different action plans for various possible scenarios to safeguard the health of the employees and the operational capabilities of the company.

As life-saving protective masks for medical specialists are still in short supply in Germany, Enercon has supplied 300 respiratory masks from its stocks to the hospital and local doctor surgeries in its home town of Aurich.

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