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Siemens celebrated the topping out ceremony for its new wind turbine manufacturing facility in Cuxhaven, Germany, attended by Parliamentary State Secretary Enak Ferlemann, Lower Saxony's State Secretary of Economic Affairs Daniela Behrens, and the Mayor of Cuxhaven, Dr. Ulrich Getsch.

The structural steel uprights now stand for the production building, which will offer 56,000 square meters of floor space. With some € 200 million invested this facility is the company's first offshore wind turbine production plant in Germany. Construction of the production building, which in places will stand 30 meters tall, is scheduled for completion by mid-2017. A two-story building enclosing some 3,800 square meters of floor space is being erected next to the production building to house offices and the site cafeteria. This new manufacturing will begin producing nacelles for Siemens' next-generation offshore wind turbines in mid-2017. The wind turbines are designed for installation at sea, each delivering an electrical generating capacity of between six and eight megawatts.

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