SGRE pauses Hull production in response to COVID-19

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has paused production at offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility at Alexandra Dock, Hull in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for SGRE issued the following statement regarding the matter: "Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been reviewing its operations daily in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and guidance coming from the government. While guidance regarding factories and industrial operations has been much less prescriptive than that for shops and offices, Siemens Gamesa is taking this opportunity to pause production operations and review safety measures in the light of new government guidelines. Port operations in Hull remain open under the same regime of review."

The facility employs around 1,000 people to manufacture and engineer blades for the offshore wind sector. The 10 acre facility produced its first blade in December 2016. Blades are stored on the quayside in Hull, before being taken out in batches by offshore installation vessels to the offshore sites.

Measures put in place in Hull follow the pausing of operations at the company's facilities in Spain (Fernando and Aoiz) and in India.

Siemen Gamesa Renewable Energy SGRE is one of the largest offshore wind turbine suppliers in the world and claims to have installed 95 GW turbines globally. It is the result of a merger between two of the world's largest offshore and onshore turbine manufacturers, Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica S.A. and Siemens Wind Power A/S , which was completed in 2017.

Earlier this month, SGRE was named as the preferred turbine supplier for two offshore wind power projects in the German North Sea totalling 1,142 GW. A five-year service and maintenance agreement is included in the preferred supplier award. At both the 900 MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 and the 242 MW Gode Wind 3 sites, SGRE will deploy its new SG 11.0-200 DD offshore wind turbine model.
The company also recently installed and commissioned its SG 11.0-193 DD wind turbine at a test centre in Østerild, Denmark. The turbine prototype has now produced 11 MW of power. The offshore wind turbine model features a 193 metre diameter rotor, utilising 94 metre long blades and reaching a tip height of 236.5 metres. SGRE explains that constant digital observations are processed by the control system, which allows the system to deliver up to 11 MW of renewable electricity. The nacelle was produced in Brande, while the 94 metre B94 Integral Blades were produced in Aalborg.

The blades spin six to eight times each minute - and the blade tip speed can be close to 300 km per hour. Each time the blades spin, they cover an area of ​​29,300 square metres.

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