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First large wind turbine manufacturing plant in France is launched

ENERCON launches operations at first French wind turbine concrete tower facility to produce 100 towers a year

The plant will manufacture towers for wind energy projects in France

Production has started at the first large wind turbine manufacturing plant in France. German firm ENERCON has launched the concrete tower factory in the province of Picardy, France, which is the first wind energy production plant of its kind for the country.

The "WEC Mâts Béton SAS" facility in the municipality of Longueil-Sainte-Marie (Oise), near the city of Compiègne, has been designed to produce up to 100 towers per year for wind energy projects on the French market.

The 18,000m² plant is ENERCON's first production site in France and the first and only large wind turbine manufacturing plant in the country. The facility took 15 months to complete, between the cornerstone laying ceremony and production launch. It was officially inaugurated on Friday, 19 October.  

Peter Schuster, managing director ENERCON GmbH France, said the site was chosen because of its “advantageous location in terms of logistics.” In addition to the central location in northern France, Longueil-Sainte-Marie also has good connections to the motorway, railway, primary A-roads and waterways, which ENERCON intends to “utilise not only for transporting the finished segments to the building sites, but also for transporting raw materials to the factory.”

There are now more than 950 ENERCON wind energy converters installed in France with an aggregate rated power of 1,800MW.

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