New wind turbine assembly facility in Amarillo, Texas

Alstom, a global leader in power generation, has announced the opening of a new wind turbine assembly facility capable of creating up to 275 full-time engineering, production and technical support […]

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By Janet Knight

Alstom, a global leader in power generation, has announced the opening of a new wind turbine assembly facility capable of creating up to 275 full-time engineering, production and technical support jobs in Amarillo.

The company told the American Wind Energy Association conference that the 115,000 square foot wind turbine should be operational in 2011.

Workers will assemble the wind turbines, which will then be transported from to sites where they will be installed together with blades and towers to create the complete wind turbine generators.

Alfonso Faubel, Alstom Wind Vice President, said: “Amarillo is the ideal location for Alstom’s wind power manufacturing hub in North America because it is centrally located in an area that is expected to create a substantial number of new wind power projects over the next several years.

Speaking from their global wind headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, he added: “Amarillo has invested in the infrastructure needed to transport the sizeable equipment to potential sites all across North America and the resources needed to train its work force to be as productive as possible.”

To date, Alstom has installed more than 1850 wind turbines in more than 100 wind farms, corresponding to a total capacity of over 2200 MW.