Gamesa establishes marine wind tech center in Scotland

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is investing heavily in the U.K. as a center of development for its offshore wind turbines, blades and other technologies.

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa (Zamudio, Vizcaya, Spain) announced on Jan. 20 that it will establish its marine wind technology center in Glasgow, Scotland. If implemented successfully, Gamesa's offshore plan could represent an investment of €50 million in Scotland and create 300 direct jobs in the country.

The company also is developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Scottish Enterprise, Dundee City Council and Forth Ports plc to advance a further potential development in Dundee around manufacturing, logistics and operations and maintenance (O&M) activities in the Scottish port, which remains conditional upon the development of offshore wind power projects in the area and the availability of sites for prototype offshore wind turbine generators.

The announcement comes just a few months after Gamesa unveiled its industrial plan for offshore wind power in the United Kingdom, where it plans to invest more than €150 million through 2014.

In addition to its offshore technology centre in Glasgow and a potential industrial, logistics and O&M base in Dundee, Gamesa’s offshore wind strategy for the U.K. includes construction of a blade production plant (location under study) and engaging in offshore logistics from a number of U.K. ports, around which it will locate its wind turbine O&M operations.

Gamesa's offshore wind business headquarters will be based in London, from where it will engage in sales, project development, finance and management activities.

The company is currently designing and developing two families of offshore turbines based on the proven and validated technology used in its G10X-4.5 MW turbine system. The first two prototypes of its G11X system, with unit capacity of 5 MW, will be tested in the last quarter of 2012, with pre-series models ready for market entry in 2013.

Gamesa is developing its G11X-5.0MW offshore wind generator in partnership with Newport News Shipbuilding operations of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Gamesa is also working on development of another family of offshore wind turbine generators, with a capacity of 6 to 7 MW (pre-series scheduled for 2014) in order to respond to projected medium-long term growth in demand with new generations of larger wind turbine generators.