The facility located in Bergama Organised Industrial Zone (BOSBI) is expected to manufacture and distribute an annual capacity of 500 MW with the capability to expand to 1.5 GW.
The Bergama facility is the first new blade manufacturing site for LM Wind Power since it became a GE Renewable Energy business earlier this year. It represents a $50 million commitment to Turkey and will create up to 450 jobs for the region.
Blade manufacturing requires a highly skilled workforce and comprehensive training is a key component of ramping up a new plant, LM Wind Power says. The company inaugurated its Centre of Excellence training facility in Bergama earlier this year to equip employees with the skills required.
The new factory will address the needs of the fast growing Turkish wind industry, where sustained growth is predicted with a target of 20 GW by 2023.
“GE already operates eight facilities with more than 2000 employees in Turkey – a highly promising market for renewable energy and wind in particular,” states Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy. “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.”