REpower to cut 400 blade jobs in Germany

PowerBlades' state-of-the art production hall faces staff cuts

PowerBlades' state-of-the art production hall faces staff cuts

German turbine-maker REpower is more than halving the staff at its blade production unit in Bremerhaven, amid offshore wind grid-connection delays and ongoing political uncertainty.

REpower will gradually reduce employees at its PowerBlades unit to about 300 in August, from a peak of close to 700 in December, after a large offshore contract for 240 blades from utility EnBW was put on hold, said Norbert Giese, vice president for offshore development.

“If you prepare (production) in expectation of a large order and it doesn’t get commissioned as thought, then it is clear that the company needs to react,” Giese told Recharge.

REpower will achieve the staff reduction by not prolonging contracts for temporary workers, but won’t lay-off those on fixed contracts, Giese added.

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