Power generation and transmission firm Alstom on Monday said it was planning to establish two sites dedicated to production of components and assembly of 6 MW offshore wind turbines in the port areas of Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) and Cherbourg (Manche) in France.

Alstom, which has formed a consortium with French-based company EDF EN to bid for the project, plans to make an initial investment of around euro 100 million (about Rs.673 crore) in the project, a statement issued here said. “By locating in Saint-Nazaire and Cherbourg, Alstom would be sharing in the ambition of the consortium led by EDF EN to create in France with its suppliers a long-lasting industrial and technological sector,” Alstom's President of Renewable Power Sector Jerome Pecresse said.

To generate 5,000 jobs

The company expects to generate up to 1,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs through the project, it said.

“We will be pleased to participate thus in regional planning through substantial investments and significant job creation, which are dependent on the success of our consortium,” he said. — PTI