Vestas has entered a partnership with Marand Precision Engineering for a new wind turbine manufacturing facility in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

This partnership will enable Vestas to bring its wind turbine assembly and testing capabilities to the Australian state.

Located on Princes Highway in Geelong, the facility is part of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub, which is multi-disciplinary industry development initiative intended to support the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and Victoria’s New Energy Technologies strategy.

Alongside manufacturing 4MW Drivetrains and Hubs, the facility will also be responsible for component testing for the Dundonnell Wind Farm and Berrybank Wind Farm projects.

Dundonnell Wind Farm is owned by Tilt Renewables, while Global Power Generation (GPG), which is the international electricity generation subsidiary of Naturgy Energy Group is the owner/developer of Berrybank Wind Farm project.

These two projects were successful in the first auction under the Victorian Renewable Energy Target.

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Vestas Asia-Pacific president Clive Turton said: “Vestas is committed to building new skills in the local workforce in Geelong, and with our wind turbine component assembly and testing capability, we are helping build on Geelong’s background as a heavy manufacturing hub and use that to establish a renewable energy hub.

“In Marand, we are partnering with an experienced manufacturing service provider with outstanding capabilities and skilled personnel. Their experience in automotive, aerospace, defence and rail industries meets all of our requirements around quality and technical expertise.”

Established in 1969, Marand is one of the largest manufacturing workshops in Australia.

“With our wind turbine component assembly and testing capability, we’re helping build on Geelong’s background as a heavy manufacturing hub and use that to establish a renewable energy hub.”

Under the agreement, Marand will supply facility space, personnel and equipment to meet Vestas’s manufacturing requirements.

Vestas will offer testing equipment, assembly line layout, production training and supervision, and transportation of all parts to the assembly area.

Marand CEO Rohan Stocker said: “We look forward to this strategic partnership with Vestas. Marand has decades of experience across a variety of industries, where our manufacturing expertise and business systems truly set us apart from our competitors.

“We look forward to adding value to the renewable industry, and this partnership will greatly help us expand our capability in this growing field. We are particularly proud to be able to carry out this work in the former Ford Geelong facility.”

Tilt Renewables chief executive Deion Campbell said: “As the largest customer of the new Renewable Energy Hub, Tilt Renewables is very pleased to be contributing to the creation of new jobs and training opportunities for people in the City of Geelong and south-west Victoria.”

Alongside the wind turbine assembly facility, the Hub also covers four other initiatives. These include setting up of the Western Victorian Service Support Centre to service the growing Vestas turbine fleet in Western Victoria; and entering into a multi-year partnership with Federation University’s Ballarat Renewable Training Centre to offer training and employment opportunities for wind turbine technicians.

Last month, Vestas introduced the EnVentus wind turbine platform, which is available in two variants, the V162-5.6 MW and V150-5.6MW.