Gestamp plans Turkish wind turbine tower facility

TURKEY: The renewables division of Spanish car and automation component firm, Gestamp, has announced it is building wind tower factory in Turkey as part of a joint venture with local industrial supplier firm Faik Celik Holding.

The 47,000 m2 factory will cost around EUR30 million to complete, according to tower division, Gestamp Wind Steel. Gestamp said the factory would consolidate its position as one of the leading global tower suppliers.

Gestamp expects to start production before the end of 2010 and to ramp up to an annual capacity of 450 towers. Currently, the company claims to manufacture 1700 towers annually.

A portside site in the northeast of the country has been chosen for the factory. Gestamp Wind Steel did not respond to Windpower Monthly’s request to identify the location.

In a statement, the company emphasises the site will facilitate exports to Rumania, Bulgaria and Greece, all three markets "experiencing strong wind development". At the same time, the Turkish market is braced for new regulation, currently being processed, to clear a logjam of tens of gigawatts of wind development applications.

The factory announcement comes on the heels of licences awarded to Gestamp Renewables to develop 115 MW in Brazil, as part of that country’s recent round of wind development concessions.

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