Short time at Senvion blade plant

Offhsore work has dried up at PowerBlades for the time being

Offhsore work has dried up at PowerBlades for the time being

Germany-based wind turbine maker Senvion will press ahead with plans to introduce short-time work later this month for the 246 employees at its PowerBlades unit in Bremerhaven, due to a lull in German offshore wind orders caused by investment insecurity.

“Offshore orders are subject to a lengthy development period (for offshore wind farms),” Senvion chief executive Andreas Nauen told Recharge.

“Due to investment insecurity, several offshore orders didn’t materialise.”

Senvion – previously named REpower – is a unit of Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon.

Nauen in November had warned that jobs in Bremerhaven were at stake if the company didn’t achieve another significant offshore order in time. The company had already reduced the staff at its Bremerhaven blade manufacturing plant to its current level from a peak of close to 700.

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