German engineering services firm Siemens has celebrated the topping out of its new €200M wind turbine manufacturing facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.
Structural steel uprights were installed at the 56,000sq m production plant — to be the company's first offshore wind turbine production plant in Germany.
The project will also include a 3,800sq m, two-storey building adjacent to the production building to house offices and the site cafeteria.
Siemens’ CEO of wind power and renewables division Markus Tacke said: "In celebrating this topping ceremony, we mark another important milestone for our new, state-of-the-art production site for offshore wind turbines in Cuxhaven.
"The new manufacturing plant is part of our efforts to establish offshore wind power as a key pillar of a sustainable energy mix. At the same time we're creating up to 1,000 attractive jobs here and thereby supporting sustainable structural change in the coastal region."
The manufacturing plant will start producing nacelles for Siemens' next-generation offshore wind turbines in mid-2017. The wind turbines are designed for installation at sea, each delivering an electrical generating capacity of between 6MW and 8MW.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.