April 18, 2018; Istanbul, Turkey: LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy [GE: NYSE] business in Bergama, İzmir, exported its first blades to Australia less than six months after the factory’s inauguration, representing a critical milestone in national export objectives.
A total of 99 blades, each measuring more than 63.7 meters, will be manufactured in Turkey and exported to Australia for commissioning on GE’s 3.43 MW wind turbines at the Bodangora Wind Farm, a 113.2 MW wind site developed by Infigen Energy and GE in South East Australia. GE’s turbines, equipped with these LM Wind Power blades, are set to capture the abundant winds in New South Wales.
Dr. Manar Al Moneef, GE Renewable Energy’s General Manager for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: “The manufacture and export of these blades represents a significant milestone in the growth of the renewable energy industry in Turkey. To be able to accomplish this in such a short period of time is testament to commitment of our partners and local employee base, as well as a firm understanding of the growing importance of renewable energy within Turkey.”
The Bergama plant, which has more than 370 employees and began operations in July 2017, aims to meet the requirements of the rapidly growing Turkish wind industry, as well as provide rotor blades for wind turbines outside Turkey. Since 2010, new wind farms have continued to go into operation every year and sustainable growth is anticipated with a target of 20 GW by 2023.
Exports from LM Wind Power’s Bergama facility to Australia play a crucial role in the diversification of Turkey’s export markets. Turkey realized exports worth $538 million to Australia in 2017 and will be increasing this figure through the contribution of the exports that will be realized at LM Wind Power’s Bergama facility this year.
The Bergama facility is the first new blade manufacturing site of LM Wind Power since it became a GE Renewable Energy business last year. It represents a $50 million commitment to Turkey and will create up to 450 skilled technical jobs for the region, which range from manufacturing operations, to technical engineering, services, administration and ancillary support. With more than 370 employees currently, the factory will help to meet the needs of the rapidly growing wind industry in Turkey.
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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a newly established business worth $10 billion, that brings together the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Blending innovative technologies of onshore and offshore wind, hydroelectric and concentrated solar energy and recently adding the turbine blades into this blend, GE Renewable Energy has established an installed capacity of more than 400 GW worldwide to make the world better and cleaner. Operating in more than 55 countries with more than 22 employees, GE Renewable Energy is backed by GE’s resources, the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to show the world that no one will ever have to choose between economical, safe and sustainable energy.
About LM Wind Power
With its blade factories located in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain and USA, LM Wind Power is a leading organization that designs and manufactures rotor blades for wind turbines. Since 1978, the company has produced an installed capacity of more than 84 GW and more than 195,000 blades equivalent to CO2 savings of more than 166 million tons worldwide.