Alstom sees new Haliade deals 'soon'

France's Alstom said it expects to announce new offshore wind turbine deals "soon", adding that production plans to meet its existing orders are on schedule.

"We're looking into other projects, and most probably you will be hearing soon some more closing of deals," Markus Rieck, sales director of Alstom in Germany, said during a panel at the Windforce conference that started here yesterday.

"We're going to fill this factory (St. Nazaire) beyond 2020."

Alstom – currently at the centre of a high-profile takeover battle – is building a 300MW nacelle factory in St. Nazaire, France, for serial production of its 6MW Haliade offshore wind turbine.

The plant is slated to be operational towards the end of the year and will enter serial output in 2015, Rieck confirmed.

Blades and towers for the Haliade will be produced in Cherbourg, France.

Rieck added that Alstom is also working on a floating design for the Haliade, teaming up with The Glosten Associates as prime contractor and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

Alstom has an order pipeline for 240 of its Haliade turbines, representing 1.4GW in wind projects from French offshore tenders alone, with the first construction of offshore parks slated to start in 2016.

Rieck declined to comment on reports that Alstom's top management will reject a bid proposed by Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for parts of Alstom's energy business.