LM Wind Power, a subsidiary of the GE Renewable Energy group, announces the commissioning of a second mold for the manufacture of the blades of the Haliade-X, currently the largest wind turbine in the world. The company will also invest in the modernization of its Cherbourg plant and is considering an extension of the site, with the construction of an additional hall dedicated to the finishing of the blades. 200 additional employees will be hired.

The Haliade-X, designed by conglomerate General Electric (which took over Alstom in 2015) is today the most powerful and largest wind turbine in the world. Its blades are 107 meters long, almost as long as the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. They are manufactured in the LM Wind Power plant, a subsidiary of the group, opened in 2018 in the port of Cherbourg, in the Cotentin.

The company will double its production capacity with the commissioning of a second mold for manufacturing the blades. It will also invest in the modernization of the plant and plans to expand the site, with the construction of an additional hall to finish the blades before shipment.

The company currently employs around 600 people in Cherbourg and is recruiting 200 more. Each new hire undergoes an intensive six-week training program at the factory’s “Center of Excellence” to learn the manufacturing processes of wind turbine blades and develop the necessary skills and technical expertise.

The Haliade-X order book is growing. In August, GE was awarded the contract to deliver 190 units of its sea juggernaut. They will equip Phases A and B of Dogger Bank, the future largest offshore park in the world to be established in the North Sea, off the north-eastern coast of England. And earlier this month, the manufacturer placed the order for the first set of turbines from Vineyard Wind, the United States’ first large offshore farm. Installed 25 km in front of the Massachusetts shores, it will include 62 13 MW wind turbines.

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