Gamesa opens wind blade plant in India

The plant, in Vadodara, will have annual manufacturing capacity of 390 blades by 2013 and will supply blades for G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW turbines.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa (Zamudio, Vizcaya, Spain) on Jan. 11 announced that it has opened its first wind blade manufacturing plant in India in the the city of Vadodara in southwestern Gujarat state.

The new blade plant is part of a €60 million investment Gamesa announced last year to address growth in India. With manufacturing capacity of 390 units in 2013, the new factory in Gujarat will produce blades for Gamesa turbine systems G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW. India currently accounts for 20 percent of the total megawatts the company sells worldwide. In just two years, Gamesa has become India's No. 3 wind turbine manufacturer.

The new blade plant is currently staffed by 157 employees and is forecast to reach production capacity of 390 blades in 2013. Gamesa invested €25 million to commission the facility, which has already produced its first blade for the G5X-850 kW turbine. The blade factory will primarily supply India's northern states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, which offer promising wind energy potential.

"This marks another step towards cementing our manufacturing base in India, where we are also implementing our best technology and practices in wind turbine production," said Gamesa India chairman and managing director Ramesh Kymal.

Gamesa recently boosted its manufacturing presence in India with a tower factory built through the Windar Renewable Energy joint venture, in which Gamesa owns a 32 percent stake. The facility will employ 50 workers by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

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