Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will lay off up to 200 workers at its strategic nacelle facility in Soria, north-central Spain.
The workforce restructuring plan at its nacelle factory in Ágreda, Soria is “purely temporary, arising from certain project delays”, a company spokesperson told Windpower Monthly.
SGRE offered no specific details, though union representatives at the factory say 100-140 permanent workers and around 60 temporary and subcontracted employees will be laid off for a minimum of six months.
SGRE added that the restructuring plan in Spain “is not directly linked to Covid-19”.
While the sector has remained active, new build has nonetheless slowed markedly throughout the pandemic.
Just 730MW of new capacity was connected in Spain in January-September, according to national wind association AEE. That compares with a 2.3GW build out in the whole of 2019.
However, “currently delayed projects will be reactivated in the months ahead,” said SGRE, whose H1 2020 results stated a €28.6bn global order backlog, 21% up on the first half of 2019.