A 166-ton turbine from the Mitsubishi facility in Takasago, Japan, is offloaded at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Ocean Terminal.

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With the delivery of a 332,000-pound gas turbine from Takasago, Japan, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc. will soon begin training employees at its facility outside Savannah

The gas turbine was delivered to the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal in March and trucked to Mitsubishi’s Savannah Machinery Works complex in Pooler

Dave Walsh, Mitsubishi Power Systems’ senior vice president for service and manufacturing, said the long-term use of the gas turbine at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. facility in Japan testified to the quality of the product.

“Through 10 years of testing, this unit has validated the original Mitsubishi design … Now it will provide continued value as a training tool for Mitsubishi factory and field service technicians and engineers far into the future,” Mr. Walsh said in a news release.

The first phase of the complex, a 128,000-square-foot facility to manufacture gas-turbine components, was completed in 2010 and the company is set to complete the second phase, a service and repair facility, later this year.

Upon completion of the third and final phase, the 500,000-square-foot center will make high-efficiency, low-emission gas turbines and employ about 500 people. Overall the company plans to invest about $325 million on the complex. 

According to the news release, Mitsubishi is considering using this gas turbine as the centerpiece of a training center in Savannah for field service and technical personnel from around the world.

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas is a subsidiary of Japan‘s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. It produces power-generation equipment including gas, steam and wind turbines. Based in Lake Mary, Fla., the company also has facilities in Houston, Newport Beach, Calif., and Juarez, Mexico.

For more information on Mitsubishi Power Systems, visit www.mpshq.com.