It is good for North Jutland’s wind turbine industry and very likely also for employment in the region that Dong Energy is building the world’s largest wind turbine farm, with about 14 turbines near Anholt.
That is the assessment of development consultant Flemming Eriksen of Hub North – the North Jutland network for wind turbine production.
“In North Jutland we have all the know-how and production facilities needed to build modern, effective offshore wind turbines. That is why I think many North Jutland companies will profit from Siemens’ supplying the wind turbines”, says Flemming Eriksen.
It is Siemens Wind Power that will build the 114 wind turbines. The blades will be manufactured in Aalborg, while the nacelles (the casing at the top of the tower containing the technical control equipment, red.) will be produced at Siemens’ factories in Brande and Ølgod.
According to Siemens itself, their annual purchases from various subcontractors total DKK 3.3 billion.
Just who will supply the foundations is still unknown, but Bladt Industri in Aalborg is a possibility.
Ernst & Young assesses that the new wind turbine farm will create 6,000 new jobs in the erection phase.
According to the Danish Wind Industry Association, each job in Siemens Wind Power, for instance, creates more than one job with a subcontractor in the Danish wind turbine industry.
“The total number of new jobs it could create for North Jutland is hard to say. But we have many specialised firms, all of which contribute to production, erection and maintenance of wind turbines, wherever they are situated”, says Flemming Eriksen.
A study conducted by Hub North shows that in North Jutland there are 80 companies that manufacture for the wind turbine industry – directly or as a subcontractor. Add to that research and development, where Aalborg University plays a significant role.
The wind turbine farm at Anholt is scheduled to be launched in 2013 and, fully developed, will be capable of producing energy corresponding to approx. 4 percent of Denmark’s total energy consumption.