Vestas closes two Spanish factories amidst coronavirus fears


Danish wind developer Vestas has ceased production at its Spanish manufacturing facilities in Daimiel and Viveiro, as part of efforts to curb the COVID-19 epidemic.

After consultation with authorities, the Denmark-based company is complying with new measures adopted by the country’s government, according to adopting Royal Decree 10/2020.

The Viveiro blade plant and generator factory in Daimiel will be shut-down, failing essential operations that “either cannot stop or need to run to prepare the factories for a fast ramp up after 9 April” according to news site reNEWS.

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All continued operations ahead of 10 April are to be “performed under the extraordinary safety measures that were implemented since the beginning of the crisis in all sites to minimise the risk of contagion within our employees”.

According to the manufacturer, its crisis management setup was “already prepared to lock down part of our activities” and is “ready to quickly restart operations on 10 April or the timeline established by the authorities”.

Rival wind developer Siemens Gamesa has also closed facilities in the country – having shut down its blade manufacturing facility in Aoiz, and a further plant in the capital, Madrid.

Utilities in the power and energy sector have had to rapidly implement coping mechanisms and strategies to protect staff, customers and their bottom line.

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