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STX Starts Work on Building its Production Units

Thanks to the active support of local institutional stakeholders, STX France has put together the necessary funding to begin building dedicated marine renewable energy production units which should come on stream by 2015.

Amounting to approximately 20 M€, the investment will make it possible to construct the first three units for the production of "jacket" type foundations, transition components and electric substations. These operations are receiving the financial support of the Pays de la Loire Regional Authority, CARENE (the District Authority for the Saint Nazaire and Loire Estuary Urban Area) and the French National Deposit and Consignment Office.

A Factory of the Future

The units will comprise a building to put together sub-assemblies, complete with two 60-tonne pieces of lifting equipment, a 6 000 m² pre-assembly area and a very-large-volume paint centre. These ultramodern workshops will make it possible to deploy leading-edge means and methods of production combining digital technology, automation and standardization. The facility draws on the Company’s know-how in the area of large-scale, marine-environment metal structures – the core business of the Saint Nazaire shipyard – in order to meet the requirements of its new customers in the energy sector. Its efficiency will be one of the levers that will enable STX France to help reduce the costs of marine energy.

 

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