Gamesa to supply 1,000 MW in Castile-La Mancha and expand its manufacturing presence in the region by investing 15 million euros from 2013
Gamesa, a global leader in wind turbine manufacturing and a benchmark in wind farm development, will bolster its manufacturing presence in Spain’s Castile-La Mancha after Iberdrola chose it as its supplier of 1,000 MW of turbine capacity for wind farms the power company will build in the region beginning in 2013.
Gamesa’s commitment, included in the Industrial Plan associated with its winning bid for this MW contract and its participation in Castile-La Mancha’s new wind capacity tender, calls for investments totalling 15 million euros beginning in 2013. The company will use the funds to expand its manufacturing presence, conduct research and development (R&D) into new technologies and forge commercial agreements with local companies. Gamesa estimates that these investments may generate approximately 650 jobs, both directly and indirectly.
Gamesa’s commitments include building a Regional Operations Centre in Talavera de la Reina; opening a manufacturing plant in a still-to-be-determined community in the region, adding a blade manufacturing line at Gamesa’s plant in Albacete for the production of the G97-2.0 MW turbine and the G10X-4.5 MW system and launching a new blade repair business at Gamesa factories in Albacete and Cuenca.
Gamesa will also support trade with local businesses, signing agreements with manufacturers of cement and metal turbine towers and companies involved in wind farm assembly and maintenance. Meanwhile, Gamesa will promote R&D activities in the field of new technologies and their application to the wind energy market through an agreement with the University of Castile-La Mancha.
Two factories and 264 million euros in purchases from local suppliers in the past six years
Gamesa has been engaged in wind energy development in Castile-La Mancha for more than 15 years, installing more than 2,000 MW of turbine capacity and creating approximately 350 jobs.
Gamesa owns two factories in the region, in the provinces of Cuenca (blade roots) and Albacete (blade manufacturing).
As a wind farm developer in the region, the company has built and begun operating 214 MW of capacity and has a project portfolio totalling 1,500 MW at varying stages of development.
Gamesa is also one of the companies most heavily involved in the Castile-La Mancha economy, thanks both to its generation of direct employment and to its procurement activities within the local supply chain. Gamesa bought goods and services worth more than 37 million euros from local suppliers in 2010, bringing the total in the 2005-2010 period to 264 million euros.