Adwen to open two factories in France to build 8 MW turbines

The factories will produce the nacelles and blades for the 8 MW turbines.

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Adwen, a 50:50 joint venture between Areva (Paris, France) and Gamesa (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain), plans to build two factories in Le Havre, France that will produce the nacelles and blades for the 8 MW turbines to be installed in Baie de Saint-Brieuc in 2020, Dieppe Le Tréport in 2021 and Yeu-Noirmoutier in 2021. An industrial cluster will be created in Le Havre that will feature Adwen plants and partners’ factories for the production of key components such as bearings, generators and gearbox.

Taking over Areva's commitments to develop the offshore wind industry in France, Adwen has also started building a regional network of suppliers. Specifically, the company has selected ACMH to manufacture generator cover for its 5 MW turbines, and ACN for supplying the pre-assembly tool for the blade bearings of its 8MW prototype. Both companies are based in Normandy region.

“Since Adwen was launched, we have been committed to the development of the offshore wind industry in France, initiated by Areva. These first contracts materialize our commitment and demonstrate the engagement and competitiveness of local enterprises. I am convinced this will pave the way for more projects with numerous companies in France Western area," said Luis Alvarez, Adwen general manager.