The wind turbine facility is scheduled to start operation in the second half of 2010, and production capacity is planned to be 500 MW annually. The wind turbine blades and nacelles produced in Shanghai will be for the Chinese market and for export.

Wolfgang Dehen, Chief Executive Officer at Siemens Energy Sector, said at the laying of the cornerstone in Shanghai in May: “China could soon become the largest wind energy market in the world and with our new production facility in Shanghai we are establishing an excellent starting position for meeting the growing demand of this exciting market. In addition, we are also rigorously advancing the internationalisation of our manufacturing network for wind turbines to optimally meet the needs of our customers in Asia, Europe and America.”

The wind turbine blades and nacelles production site will have a total space of 180,000 m2 and is in the direct vicinity of the Yang Shan deep-sea harbour.

Siemens will initially produce blades for 2.3 and 3.6 MW wind turbines using the IntegralBlade® process without any glued joints susceptible to damage.

Siemens says it has already reserved additional space in Lingang for potential expansion of the wind turbine blades and nacelles production facility.