Vestas, a leading wind turbine manufacturer, plans to set up a second offshore factory in Szczecin, Poland.
The proposed investment in wind turbine manufacturing facility will enable Vestas to meet the demand for offshore wind energy in Europe. Vestas recently revealed several wind deals.
Vestas aims to support Europe’s ambitious plans for expanding offshore wind parks. The blade factory, set to commence operations in 2026, will focus on producing blades for Vestas’ flagship offshore wind turbine, the V236-15.0 MW. This project is anticipated to generate more than 1,000 direct jobs.
Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vestas, said: “Our plans for two new offshore factories in Poland underline that Europe can spur wind industry investments and green jobs with the right long-term policy commitments for offshore wind projects.”
Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, expressed optimism about Poland’s potential as a burgeoning wind energy market, highlighting the nation’s skilled labor force and conducive wind conditions. He sees Poland becoming an offshore hub for the Baltic Region and the broader European market.
The new offshore blade factory is slated to be situated in northern Szczecin, leveraging a site acquired by Vestas in February 2023. This location is strategically close to the planned nacelle assembly factory on Ostrow Brdowski Island in Szczecin, expected to start operations in 2025 and create 700 direct jobs.
With the addition of the two new factories in Szczecin, Vestas is projected to employ over 2,500 people in Poland.