ENERCON is continuing to expand its presence in the Picardy region. In addition to the new concrete tower production facilities currently under construction near the town of Compiègne (Longueil Sainte Marie France), the wind turbine manufacturer has made considerable investments to expand its Service facilities in the region.
Just recently, ENERCON Service France (ESF) moved into its new headquarters in Le Meux near Compiègne, where 46 employees are working. ESF has also set up new Service stations near the wind farms they are in charge of servicing and has also enlarged their Service facilities in Ouest Marest in Picardy Maritime. 20 technicians will be working there by the end of this year. Furthermore, ESF is planning to open up a new Service station in Amiens. In the meantime, approximately 70 out of a total of 350 employees in France are working in the Picardy region.
Construction work at ENERCON’s new concrete tower plant in Compiègne is also on schedule. At the moment the contractors are doing the ground and foundation work. The production facilities covering an area of roughly 15,000 m² - ENERCON’s first production site in France - are scheduled to be finished in summer 2012 and start serial production of precast concrete towers. The factory is designed to process up to 40,000 m³ of concrete annually and up to 90 new jobs ill soon be available. This number is expected to be increased with a growth in turbine sales.
With more than 1,650 MW of installed wind turbine capacity, France is ENERCON’s third largest market worldwide. Ahead of its competitors, ENERCON holds a market share of 34.3 percent (2010). Since the end of 2004, the Aurich based firm has already set up 20 service stations throughout the nation. ENERCON is confident that the positive market trend will continue its course in France. Picardy is of special importance to ENERCON. By the year 2020, the company wants to have installed a total of 2,800 megawatts of wind power.