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Wind Farm Component Factory
November 28, 2013   
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A zl.326 million plant to produce foundations for offshore wind turbines will be built in Poland’s Western Pomerania region.

The project will be carried out by Bilfinger Crist Offshore (BCO), a joint-venture company set up by German builder Bilfinger Berger, Poland’s Crist shipyard based in the city of Gdynia, and MARS, an investment fund owned by the Polish government’s Industrial Development Agency (ARP).

The factory will be constructed in the Szczecin subzone of the Euro-Park Mielec special economic zone managed by the Industrial Development Agency. The factory will make steel support structures for offshore wind turbines in newly built manufacturing facilities, including a 30,000-square-meter production hall and a 4,200-sq-m paint shop. Bilfinger Crist Offshore has bought these from Gryfia, a ship repair yard in Szczecin.

According to the Industrial Development Agency, the factory—with its convenient location, modern technology and qualified staff—is well positioned to secure a strong position on the market and meet the demand for foundations for offshore wind turbines, which is estimated at some 5,500 units over the next 10 years.

Talks about the project began in 2011. An agreement on the joint venture between Bilfinger Berger, Crist and MARS was signed in April last year, providing for the launch of production at the Gryfia site in Szczecin. The factory is expected to cost zl.326 million and be completed by the end of 2015.

In the first stage of the project, BCO undertook to create 462 new jobs. Some of these will be created in the research and development segment. The project will also involve the construction of a bridge connecting the island of Gryfia with the road system in Szczecin, which is expected to increase the investment attractiveness of other areas on the island.
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