Vestas axes jobs
Vestas announced it will lay off approximately 400 employees and end production of its V138-3.0MW turbine model as part of a cost-cutting strategy as the ongoing pandemic squeezes supply chains and profit margins.
Leading figures at turbine manufacturers MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) argued the case for using post-virus stimulus packages to aid the energy transition.
Risk to Australia and Asia Pacific
Market analysts warned of renewable energy projects being delayed or cancelled as the pandemic creates obstacles to financing, manufacturing and construction.
Final investment decisions for about 900MW of Australian wind farms are at risk, according to Rystad Energy, while Wood Mackenzie suggested up to 150GW of wind and solar capacity across Asia Pacific could be delayed or cancelled over the next five years.
Both SGRE and TPI Composites withdrew financial guidance for 2020 citing uncertainty amid the pandemic.
Plant closed after outbreak
Blade manufacturer LM Wind Power closed its plant in North Dakota, United States after more than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases were linked to the facility.
Its parent company GE has closed the Grand Forks site for two weeks to carry out an extensive disinfection process.
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