Siemens is to set-up a €200m facility in Cuxhaven, Germany, for production of nacelles used in offshore wind power turbines.
The facility will be used to manufacture offshore wind turbine components including nacelles and is expected to create up to 1,000 job opportunities.
The wind turbines, designed to be used at sea, will have a generation capacity of 7MW each.
Siemens intends to start producing the first components at the facility in mid-2017.
Siemens president and CEO Joe Kaeser said: "The decision to build a new production facility in Cuxhaven represents a clear commitment to Germany as a business location.
"The expansion of offshore wind power capacity in Germany and Europe represents an enormous opportunity for northern Germany and Siemens."
Planned to spread across an area of 170,000m², the facility will be built beside Cuxhaven’s harbour which will enable loading of the manufactured heavy components directly onto transportation vessels. This will be helpful in elimination of ground transportation costs.
The centre will assemble the generators, hubs and nacelle back-ends, which combine for nacelles and form the core of wind turbines.
Siemens Wind Power and Renewables CEO Markus Tacke said: "We’re looking forward to building at this factory the most efficient and reliable ‘Made in Germany’ wind turbines."
The firm is also developing another facility for manufacturing rotor blades at Hull in UK, which is expected to be fully operational in 2017.
Image: Siemens SWT-6.0-154 model features direct drive technology. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.