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French turbine maker looks to manufacture in China

In a move that would help China reach its goal of installing 5,000 MW of offshore wind by 2015, Areva is looking to build offshore wind turbine factories in Asia

Areva, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Siemens AG aim to expand in Asia as China plans 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2015

Areva SA, an atomic-reactor, offshore wind-turbine and biomass-plant maker, is studying Asian wind projects as the region seeks to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to reports.

The French company is looking for opportunities in offshore wind in Taiwan, South Korea, China and Japan, Jean Huby, chief executive officer of the company’s wind unit, told Bloomberg.

Areva would have to build factories in Asia to supply those markets, he said. The firm, along with Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Siemens AG aim to expand in Asia as China plans 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2015.

Japan, trying to diversify after a 2011 tsunami that caused a nuclear meltdown, may also install 7,500 MW of sea-based turbines by 2051, according to the Japan Wind Power Association.

“Today the key offshore wind market for Areva is Europe where the conditions are best for offshore but definitely we are looking outside as well and are ready to take action,” Huby said by phone. Areva is raising the size of the rotor in its 5- megawatt model to increase output by 8 per cent to 10 per cent and cut costs for projects further out to sea, according to Huby.

“We are working on larger machines because the trend will be in deeper waters,” he said. Denmark’s Vestas is developing an 8-megawatt offshore turbine and Siemens of Germany has said its next big machine would be about 10 MW.