The scale of the project will depend on the success in the call for tenders of the consortium led by EDF EN to which Alstom belongs. Alstom’s investments could reach €100m (£86m) and generate up to 1,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs.
The two French sites would be Alstom’s first entirely dedicated to offshore wind energy.
The decision follows the French government’s June call for tenders for offshore wind energy. Alstom’s two sites will be dedicated to the production of components and to the assembly of 6MW offshore wind turbines in the port areas of Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg.
The scale of the project will depend on the success in the call for tenders of the consortium led by EDF EN to which Alstom belongs. Alstom’s investments could reach €100m and generate up to 1,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs.
“By locating in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg, Alstom would be sharing in the ambition of the consortium led by EDF EN and to which it belongs to create in France with its suppliers a long-lasting industrial and technological sector,” said president of the Alstom renewable power sector Jérôme Pécresse. “We will be pleased to participate thus in regional planning through substantial investments and significant job creation, which are dependent of course on the success of our consortium, in this first call for tenders. The consortium will announce later the other investments planned as well as their localisation, for example assembly and service facilities.”
Alstom chose the two large French ports on the basis of criteria that included the quality of their infrastructurs, the ease of access to the wind farms prescribed by the call for tenders and the mechanisms for support for investment established by the local authorities.