Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) on Thursday unveiled plans to build a new factory in Poland to assemble nacelles and hubs for offshore wind turbines.
The facility will be located in the northwestern city of Szczecin, near the Baltic Sea and the German border, and will focus on assembly activities for Vestas’ V236-15.0 MW machines. The Danish manufacturer expects to kick off production at the site in the second half of 2024.
The plant’s opening is set to support domestic and global demand and will create between 600 and 700 job positions.
“Offshore wind has great prospects in Poland, and Vestas is proud to support the country in maximising its opportunities,” said Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, chief operating officer at Vestas.
The announcement of the new factory comes a few weeks after the Danish wind turbine maker was selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the 1.2-GW Baltic Power project, one of the first offshore wind farms in Poland. The facility, owned by a joint venture between Polish oil refiner PKN Orlen (WSE:PKN) and Canada’s Northland Power In (TSE:NPI), will be equipped with 76 units of the V236-15.0 MW machines and is due to go online in 2026.
Vestas does not have other production facilities in Poland. The Danish firm closed the third quarter with an announced order book totalling 1,240 MW, including for onshore and offshore turbines.
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