The wind turbine nacelle assembly facility, which is scheduled to be operational in 2011, will create 275 full time jobs when it reaches full capacity.

Alfonso Faubel, Alstom Wind Vice President, says: “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.

“In addition, 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.”

Once complete, the wind turbine nacelles will be transported to sites where they will be combined with blades and a tower to create the complete wind turbine generator.

Alstom’s wind power technology features the ALSTOM PURE TORQUE ™ design, which is said to deliver higher gearbox reliability, higher operational availability, and lower maintenance costs.