Siemens Gamesa produces 500th offshore wind turbine
At its development plant in Cuxhaven, Germany, Siemens Gamesa manufactured the 500th nacelle for an offshore wind turbine. For the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the UK, the milestone was achieved with a nacelle.
In 2017, the offshore nacelle development plant in Cuxhaven was opened and routine operations started in the first months of the following year, when global offshore wind deliveries began.
Siemens Gamesa said that Cuxhaven is part of its globally unique offshore production network, along with the production facility for rotor blades in Hull, England, and the installation port in Esbjerg, Denmark.
In June 2016, construction work on the Cuxhaven nacelle factory began with a total investment of about EUR 200 million. The plant is constructed close to the edge of the port of Cuxhaven, allowing large and heavy wind turbine components to be transported directly by ship from the plant to offshore wind farms.
The components for the company's 8 MW wind turbines are generated in Cuxhaven by nearly 600 employees. The plant capacity is approximately 250 nacelles per year.
According to Siemens Gamesa, the plant has ample space to install the core, generator, and back-end components weighing several hundred tons into full offshore wind turbine nacelles, housed in an area of about 55,000 square meters and with a production hall reaching up to 32 meters in height.
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