REpower Invests in German Production Sites

  • Topping-out ceremony for hall expansion in Bremerhaven: 300 MW of additional production capacity from 2012
  • Expansion of the Trampe (Brandenburg) plant for 3.XM wind turbines

Hamburg: REpower Systems SE (WKN 617703) is realigning its German production sites for wind turbines. Today, Tuesday, 13 September, the company is holding the topping-out ceremony for the expansion of nacelle and hub production in Bremerhaven. Starting in 2012/13 financial year, it will be possible there to assemble wind turbines each year with an output of 900 megawatts (MW). Up to now, the annual production capacity was 600 MW.

At the same time, the assembly hall at the Trampe/Eberswalde (Brandenburg) location is being converted to enable production of REpower’s 3.XM three-megawatt series in four assembly areas in future. The company is investing a total of some EUR 10 million in expanding the two production locations.

“REpower leads the way for multi-megawatt offshore turbines and our 3.XM series, which was launched in 2008, is also in great demand on the market”, commented Gregor Gnädig, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of REpower Systems SE. “We have to re-position our three German plants and expand capacities in good time. The European offshore business will also increase significantly over the next few years”.

At present, REpower only assembles MM-type turbines with 2-megawatt nominal power at Trampe. To convert to the new platform, the electrical test facilities in particular have to be adapted. “The capacities for producing the international ‘REpower bestseller’, the MM series, are to be relocated to Husum and the locations in Portugal and Padubidri”, explained Gnädig.

The first 3.XM nacelles and hubs will be produced in Trampe by the end of the year.