The foundation stone for Vestas’ offshore wind turbine nacelle factory was laid in Szczecin on February 2, 2024.
The ceremony was attended by King Frederick X of Denmark, representatives of the Polish and Danish governments, local authorities, and Vestas representatives.
I am sure that this next investment will create new jobs in Szczecin and contribute to the faster development of West Pomerania. I am also pleased that Denmark – a country with great experience in offshore wind energy – sees great potential in cooperation with Poland in this area,” said Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure PhD Arkadiusz Marchewka.
Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Supply Lars Aargard stressed that the change that needs to be made for the climate is “obviously complex”.
‘”The bottom line, however, is easy to understand: we must stop using fossil fuels. But our society cannot live without energy, so we must provide green energy instead,” said the Danish politician.
Referring to the factory under construction, he added that in a year, there will be many workers at the site, hundreds of people producing components for the ‘wind turbines of tomorrow’, which will help the businesses and households of the future.
He assured that Friday’s ceremony was a clear signal that Danish companies would contribute to the growth of the Polish wind energy sector, invest in West Pomerania and help launch the local supply chain.
‘This is the first of two new factories to become an important hub for European offshore wind ambitions in the Baltic. This is the future of European industry. It is about jobs, growth and a cleaner, more sustainable and safer Europe,” stressed Brian Arthur Mikkelsen, the CEO of The Danish Chamber of Commerce.
Vestas is a world leader in producing wind energy systems. Its subsidiary company, Vestas Assembly Poland, will build a plant in Szczecin to manufacture, among other things, nacelles for wind turbines.
The output of Poland’s largest offshore factory is expected to reach both the domestic and global markets. The investment is expected to play a key role in supporting the Polish offshore wind industry, enabling it to contribute significantly to the European Union’s climate goals.
The factory is expected to be operational in 2025 and create 700 jobs. Vestas has also announced the construction of a second factory in Szczecin to produce blades for offshore wind turbines. Among others, Vestas turbines will be used in the Baltic Power wind farms – a joint venture between Orlen and Northland Power. Their total capacity is expected to be 5.2 GW.
Photos: Robert Rozmus, MI, Vestas