The economy and the labour market do not stop at regional or national borders. There are no longer individual states or municipalities that are in competition, but increasingly large economic and metropolitan regions. Hamburg and Cuxhaven have been pursuing an intensive economic co-operation within the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
Energy Policy as a Catalyst for Sustainable Growth
In the energy transition, the German North plays a key factor. Next to the generation of renewable energies on land and sea, also production, infrastructure, management, storage, and research in this field are located here. Hamburg is home to a number of headquarters active in wind energy. On 1 October 2011, the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division also set up headquarters in Hamburg, today employing more than 700 people. In addition, Michael Westhagemann, CEO of Siemens AG Region Northern Germany and head of Siemens Wind Power, is the chairman of the cluster Renewable Energy Hamburg.
Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation: “It is the wind energy, which is the most important factor in the energy transition for North. Thus, it is of particular importance to have efficient ports and logistics centres that meet the special requirements of offshore wind energy needs. The Lower Elbe region, especially also Cuxhaven, offer these conditions.”
Predestined as a Base Port
With his hard-loadable quays and the large available land, the port of Cuxhaven is predestined as a base port for offshore wind energy, being optimally geared to the needs of logistics and the manufacturing of offshore wind farms. Frank Horch said: “The decision of Siemens AG to settle in Cuxhaven with a production plant for wind turbines confirms and strengthen the industrial and innovation in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Cuxhaven and Hamburg are equal partners. The co-operation increases the competitiveness of Northern Germany. I congratulate the Cuxhaven Mayor Dr. Ulrich Getsch on this successful acquisition of investment.”
200 Million Euro Investment
Siemens is investing around 200 euro million to build this production facility. The factory will be located directly at the edge of the harbor and will have a surface area of 170,000 square meters – the size of roughly 24 soccer fields. By mid-2017 the production of nacelles for the next-generation wind turbines D7 is to begin. This includes the final assembly of generators, hubs, and nacelle back-ends which are all connected to form complete nacelles. The location at the harbour allows heavy components to be loaded directly onto transportation vessels, thereby avoiding expensive ground transportation.
The decision to build a new production facility in Cuxhaven represents a clear commitment to Germany as a business location,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. “The new Siemens factory will employ up to 1,000 skilled employees. The expansion of offshore wind power capacity in Germany and Europe represents an enormous opportunity for northern Germany and Siemens.
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