The facility is located in Bergama Organized Industrial Zone and is expected to make and distribute turbines with an annual capacity of 500 MW, with the capability to expand to 1.5 GW.
The Bergama factory is the first new blade manufacturing site of LM Wind Power since it was acquired by GE Renewable Energy earlier this year.
In a statement, the company said it “represents a $50m commitment to Turkey and will create up to 450 additional skilled technical jobs for the region, which range from manufacturing operations, to technical engineering, services, administration and ancillary support”. It added that of the current 287-strong workforce, 24 per cent are female.
Marc de Jong, LM Wind Power chief executive, said Turkey was “a very attractive location for operations like ours. We have invested significant time and resources in Bergama and look forward to grow the wind industry with several partners and customers going forward.
“Blade manufacturing requires a highly technical workforce and comprehensive training is a key component of ramping up a new LM Wind Power plant. The company inaugurated its centre of excellence training facility in Bergama earlier this year, equipping the employees to apply and deepen their advanced blade manufacturing and industrial skills. The factory will address the needs of the fast-growing Turkish wind industry. Since 2010, annual new wind installations have continued to increase and sustained growth is predicted with a target of 20 GW by 2023.”
Jérôme Pécresse, chief executive of GE Renewable Energy, said that GE already operates eight facilities with more than 2000 employees in Turkey, which he added was “a highly promising market for renewable energy and wind in particular”.
“With LM Wind Power, GE Renewable Energy is integrating blade design and production into our wind turbine business giving us a strong position in the fastest growing segment of power generation. Last year, the Turkish wind sector reached a cornerstone by having more than 6 GW wind power installed. GE is committed to investing long term in the communities where we operate and this facility is an important milestone in our commitment to work with local talent.”
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