World News | December 2011
Alstom to establish sites for projects
The company is planning to establish two sites dedicated to production of components and for assembly of 6 MW offshore wind turbines in the port areas of Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) and Cherbourg (Manche) in France. The company, which has formed a consortium with French-based company EDF EN to bid for the project, plans to make an initial investment of around 100 million Euros in the project. It expects to generate up to 1,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs through the project. If the consortium is selected, these projects will allow the production of the Haliade 150, the first new generation 6 MW offshore wind turbine, each unit of which will be capable of supplying the equivalent of approximately 5,000 homes with power.
Meanwhile, the company has also been awarded a contract by Isolux Corsán to supply gas turbine equipment for a 180 MW gas-fired power plant in Khulna district of Bangladesh. Also, the company's new global technology centre (GTC) in Canada will focus on innovative ways to retrofit hydroelectric plants to help them last longer, become more efficient and generate more electricity.