Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPSA) will soon break ground on an advanced turbine manufacturing and service center near Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. MPSA is establishing the facility to manufacture and service gas and steam turbines and related components for power generation and utility customers throughout North and South America. The Georgia site was chosen for the new facility after an extensive search throughout the Southeastern United States, which began in late 2007. The 48 hectare site is part of the Chatham County Industrial site, also known as the “Mega Site.” Major advantages for this site include ready access to the Port of Savannah, a nearby rail spur, extensive modern infrastructure availability and its status as a “shovel ready” location.
Dave Walsh, senior vice president of service and manufacturing explained, “This expansion is a vital part of our long-term strategy to further globalize our manufacturing and service capability. This state-of-the-art plant will provide combustor components for both Western Hemisphere customers as well as for global new turbine needs. It will also provide Mitsubishi a service capability for large components supporting Western Hemisphere power providers. It will also be the Western Hemisphere assembly site for our latest technology large frame gas turbines.”
The location has convenient access by road, rail and sea, and is supported by an excellent workforce. The location has the capacity to support MPSA’s power generation product growth for decades to come, according to the company. Construction of the first phase of the plant will commence in 2009. This phase will consist of the gas turbine combustor component manufacturing facility that will support operating units in the Western Hemisphere and, globally, new turbines. Component manufacturing is expected to begin as early as the fourth quarter 2010.
The second phase will feature extensive service capability to support turbine rotor, rotor balancing, valve and other large component repairs and upgrades for gas and steam turbines. The third and final phase will involve facilities in which the next generation of high-efficiency, low-emission gas turbines will be manufactured and assembled. Officials from the State of Georgia, led by Governor Sonny Perdue and other regional and local officials from the area, worked extensively to support the project over an 18-month period. “We welcome Mitsubishi Power Systems to Georgia’s international business com munity and look forward to contributing to its continuing innovations in energy generation,” said Perdue.
Koji Hasegawa, president of MPSA said, “We are especially thankful for the support provided to us by Governor Perdue and his economic development staff, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Georgia Power and the countless other agencies and officials who joined forces to make Georgia and Savannah an attractive site for our project.” Hasegawa said this marks an important milestone in the long-term goal of locating equipment manufacturing and critical service support closer to their customers.
MPSA was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida, U.S.A., with key operations in Orlando, Florida, and also in the U.S. states of California and Texas, as well as in Juarez, Mexico. MPSA provides a wide range of products and services for the electric power generation industry including gas, steam, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric turbines, boilers, selective catalytic reduction systems and solar energy. The company is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI).