Siemens Gamesa Closes Second Factory After Positive Coronavirus Test

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa has closed a second factory in
Spain after another employee tested positive for coronavirus.

Earlier this week the company confirmed that a power electronics
plant and validation center in Madrid had closed temporarily. On
Wednesday, the company confirmed to GTM that a blade facility in
Aoiz had also closed.

At the time of writing, Spain had the second-highest number of
confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Europe behind only Italy, according
to the
World Health Organization
.

“Up to now, we have registered two positive cases of
coronavirus in our factories, both in Spain,” an SGRE
spokesperson said.

“Both employees are under observation following the
recommendations of the health authorities. As a precautionary
measure and to reduce the risk of contagion, the company has
decided to close both plants temporarily and proceed to the
immediate complete technical cleaning of the building,” the
spokesperson added.

The blade facility represents around 10 percent of Siemens
Gamesa’s capacity, at 600 to 800 megawatts annually.

The knock-on impacts of the earlier closure of factories in
China due to COVID-19 are beginning to filter through to the global
renewable energy industry. However, as the outbreak leads to
tightening restrictions on the labor market in Europe and North
America, development activity is likely to fall at a faster rate
than the shortfall in components, according to an update from Wood
Mackenzie issued Monday.

Concerns are also building around the potential impact on the
operations and maintenance of operational wind assets.

Siemens Gamesa’s other global factories remain open.

“We are seeking to ensure that we can continue to deliver
products and services to our customers,” the company said in a
statement.

“We have therefore put in place rigorous protocols that allow us
to maintain our operating activities — including manufacturing,
installation and service — without compromising the health of
our employees. We will continue to monitor the situation very
closely and adjust our activities accordingly.”

Source: FS – GreenTech Media
Siemens Gamesa Closes Second Factory After Positive Coronavirus Test