Gamesa will develop its own offshore wind business

After initial plans to partner with offshore wind developer Bard fell through, Gamesa decided to pursue its own offshore wind projects.

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa (Madrid, Spain) announced on July 29 that its Board of Directors voted to end the company’s negotiations with offshore wind farm developer Bard (Emden, Germany) and to develop Gamesa’s strategy for the offshore wind market in the short and medium term using in-house resources.

Gamesa and Bard began talks at the end of February with the goal of combining potential synergies from the activities of a designer and manufacturer of wind turbines (Gamesa) with those of a leader in the offshore wind industry (Bard). However, during the course of negotiations and detailed study of the potential transaction, both parts have found a significant discrepancy in the terms of the deal.

The board’s decision does not affect the offshore strategy Gamesa designed in October 2009, through which the company aims to play a significant role in this market in the medium and long term. Its offshore strategy is geared towards ensuring that Gamesa capitalizes on demand in the Northern European market, specifically the United Kingdom, beginning in 2015.

Using its multi-megawatt turbine technology (which has already been tailored for the G10X-4.5 MW system) and addressing its customers’ needs, Gamesa is at work to develop two families of offshore wind turbines. Pre-series of these turbines, which will each have capacity of either 5 MW or 6/7 MW, are slated for launch in 2013 and 2015, respectively, in time for planned wind farm tenders in Northern Europe .

Both systems are designed to address key concerns dominating the market: the efficiency of civil engineering, wind turbine reliability, grid code compliance, low maintenance needs and minimising the cost of electricity generation.