Siemens new offshore plant in Cuxhaven, Germany is quickly progressing. Only one year after the initial investment decision, construction at the building site is already beginning. Soil compaction and the preparation of the pile foundation, with 1,900 concrete piles, have already been completed.
During the coming weeks the concrete mixers will start working on the site covering an area of 557,742 square feet — a surface comparable to the size of 24 soccer fields. A poured concrete plate 1,050 feet long and more than 524 feet wide will be held in place by the 1,900 concrete piles and will form the base of the future production hall.
Once production begins, the ground must withstand heavy loads of up to several hundred tons. Civil engineering works for the foundations of the production facility will start during the coming weeks. The completion of the enormous production hall, with heights of up to 30 meters, is scheduled for mid-2017.
With its usable area of round about 180,446 square feet, the hall could provide parking for 15 large aircrafts. Besides the assembly hall, a two-story building with about 12,467 square feet usable area for offices and a canteen as well as a technological building and a gatehouse will also rise at the site.
Production of the 7 MW direct drive offshore wind turbines will start in summer 2017, coinciding with the start of manufacturing of the 246-foot rotor blades at the new plant in Hull, UK. The two offshore manufacturing plants as well as the installation harbor ports will be connected by two specialized transport vessels and will deploy the Siemens roll-on and roll-off logistics concept for loading. By using this approach, Siemens will avoid expensive crane operations for heavy components and increase workplace safety.