German wind turbine maker Enercon to cut 3,000 jobs: newspaper

FILE PHOTO: A views shows an E-66 wind turbine manufactured by German company Enercon in Nibas, Picardie region, July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Enercon, the world’s sixth-largest wind turbine maker, is cutting 3,000 jobs, or 17% of total staff, daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, not citing where it obtained the information.

The unlisted group competes with Denmark's Vestas VWS.CO, Siemens Gamesa SGREN.MC, General Electric GE.N as well as Nordex NDXG.DE, and relies heavily on the German market, which has seen a sharp decline in turbine installations.

Enercon was not immediately available for comment on the cuts, which were also reported by several other German media.

In its latest auction last month, Germany’s network agency awarded just 204 megawatts MW of wind capacity, less than a third of the 675 MW on offer.

“The crisis of the energy shift has reached us now, too,” Enercon boss Hans-Dieter Kettwig was quoted by Sueddeutsche Zeitung as saying, without being more specific. “The government has pulled the plug on us.”

Reporting by Markus Wacket; writing by Christoph Steitz; editing by Jason Neely