Offshore wind: AREVA deploys its industrial plan to produce a 100% French
wind power technology
PARIS -- November 14, 2012
To coincide with the opening of AREVA's (Paris:AREVA) first offices in Le
Havre, Luc Oursel presented the progress made with AREVA's industrial plan to
produce a 100% French wind turbine in the Haute-Normandie region.
Since Iberdrola and Eole RES were chosen to develop the wind farm site in the
bay of Saint-Brieuc in April 2012 and AREVA technology was selected to supply
100 5MW wind turbines, the group has been working on the construction of two
plants to manufacture nacelles and blades in Le Havre.
AREVA is mobilizing its suppliers of key components such as Moventas, NTN SNR,
Fouré Lagadec, ABB and Plastinov, who are ready to set up activities close to
the group's plants on the Quai Joannès Couvert. This genuine industrial
ecosystem being built up around AREVA's offshore wind power activity will make
it possible to create more than 750 jobs and provide a structured and
competitive French offer for export markets.
In addition to this, the group is also establishing numerous partnerships with
small-to-medium-sized businesses in Normandy and Brittany, which will enable
AREVA to provide wind power entirely produced in France.
The AREVA team in Le Havre is being further strengthened with the appointment
of Plant, Purchasing and Training/HR project managers and the creation of a
research & development unit.
On the strength of its tried-and-tested technology with a track record of 3
years of operation in the North Sea, AREVA has all the right assets at its
disposal to enable it to win contracts for additional offshore wind farms in
forthcoming calls-for-tender in France and abroad.
Luc Oursel, CEO of AREVA, declared that "by deploying a robust industrial plan
in Haute-Normandie, which opens up a wealth of business opportunities both in
France and in the South of the UK or in Belgium, AREVA is making an active
contribution to the reindustrialization of the regions in which we are present
and to the export of our energy know-how".
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise
and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are
setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process
of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding its
operations to renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and
storage – to be one of the leaders in this sector worldwide.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 48,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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