Vestas Expands Offshore Wind Presence: New Blade Factory Set to Power Flagship 15 MW Turbine

Warsaw, Poland (Natural Energy News): In a strategic move, Vestas, a prominent player in the wind energy sector, has unveiled plans to establish a cutting-edge blade factory in Szczecin, Poland. The facility will play a pivotal role in manufacturing blades for Vestas' flagship offshore wind turbine, the V236-15.0 MW.

The offshore blade factory, situated in northern Szczecin, is slated to commence operations in 2026, contributing to the creation of over 1,000 direct job opportunities. This initiative aligns with Vestas' commitment to fostering a sustainable supply chain in Europe, addressing the anticipated surge in demand for offshore wind solutions.

Vestas had acquired the site for the new factory in February 2023, emphasizing the company's forward-looking investment in Poland's wind energy market. The location proximity to the planned nacelle assembly factory on Ostrów Brdowski Island in Szczecin is a strategic advantage.

The nacelle assembly factory, set to be operational in 2025, is anticipated to generate 700 direct jobs, further boosting Vestas' presence in the region. With both factories in Szczecin and Vestas' existing footprint, the company is poised to employ over 2,500 individuals in Poland, contributing significantly to the nation's renewable energy landscape.

Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Vestas COO, emphasized the company's ambition to spearhead a sustainable supply chain and underscored the importance of long-term policy commitments for offshore wind projects in Europe. The move is expected to bolster wind industry investments and create green jobs.

Acknowledging Poland's evolving energy landscape, Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern and Central Europe, highlighted the nation's potential as an offshore hub for the Baltic Region and Europe. Poland's favorable wind conditions, skilled labor force, and growing wind industry position it as a promising market for wind energy expansion.

The V236-15.0 MW offshore wind turbine, a beacon of Vestas' technological prowess, achieved significant milestones. Installed at Denmark's Østerild National test centre in December 2022, the turbine set a world record for the highest power output by a single wind turbine in 24 hours, reaching 363 megawatt-hours. With a type certificate received at the end of last year, the turbine's offshore debut is scheduled for 2024 at Denmark's Frederikshavn wind farm.

As Vestas solidifies its footprint in Poland, the company's expansion efforts are poised to contribute to Europe's renewable energy ambitions, fostering economic growth and sustainability in the region.

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