GE Helps Turkey Leverage Its Wind Power into Electricity and Jobs
A newly opened wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Turkey is producing a lot more than just high-caliber blades. It’s creating skilled technical jobs as well as supporting the country’s renewable energy goals.
Located in the Bergama Organized Industrial Zone (BOSBI), the high-technology LM Wind Power Plant has begun producing blades that will support the country’s goal of generating 30% of its’ total energy from renewable sources by 2023.
The plant already has 287 employees – and is expected to reach 450 – who will be producing wind turbine blades, as well as engaging in manufacturing operations, technical engineering, services, administration and ancillary support. In efforts to continuous empower women in STEM over one-quarter of the employees in the plant are women.
The plant opening comes only a few months after GE’s acquisition of Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power, and deepens GE’s strong presence in Turkey. GE has operated in Turkey for over 70 years; supporting local manufacturing, job creation, innovation, and infrastructure development, in line with Turkey’s vision.
As one of Turkey’s leading partners, GE is also supporting Turkey’s renewable power goals through GE Renewable Energy. To date, GE has installed a capacity of wind turbines that exceeded 1,000 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2016, a number that is set to reach 1,200 MW when current projects are completed. This makes GE one of the top wind turbine providers in the country.
In 2016, wind power capacity in Turkey increased by 1,248MW to reach 6,106 MW, putting the country in the top 10 globally in terms of newly installed wind capacity in 2016.
Additionally, a in a recent agreement that further enhances the country’s wind power generating capacity, GE Renewable Energy and FINA Enerji agreed on a comprehensive 10-year Full Service Agreement (FSA) that uses data analytics to enhance operations and increase revenue.
The agreement is complemented by a two-year trial of GE’s Digital Wind Farm solutions that are built on GE’s Predix operating system – purpose-designed for the scale and complexity of industrial data. The GE Digital Wind Farm’s hardware and software solutions will improve operational efficiency of the wind farms, while enabling further performance enhancements.
Learn more about GE’s commitment to Turkey’s infrastructure development over the past 70 years by clicking here. More information on GE Renewable Energy’s projects across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey can be found here.