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27th July 2017, Denmark

LM opens new wind blades plant in Turkey

LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, has started the production of wind turbine blades at a new factory in Bergama, Turkey. The facility, which is located in Bergama Organized Industrial Zone (BOSBI), is expected to manufacture and distribute an annual capacity of 500 megawatts with the capability to expand to 1.5 gigawatts.

The Bergama facility is the first new blade manufacturing site of 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 additional skilled technical jobs for the region, ranging from manufacturing operations, to technical engineering, services, administration and ancillary support.

The company inaugurated its Centre of Excellence training facility in Bergama earlier this year. © LM Wind Power

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.

 “GE already operates eight facilities with more than 2,000 employees in Turkey – a highly promising market for renewable energy and wind in particular,” said 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 6GW 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."

LM Wind Power has produced more than 195,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 84 GW installed capacity and global savings of more than 166 million tons of CO2 annually.

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