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Gamesa opens blade manufacturing factory in India

Blade factory set to expand wind turbine developer’s manufacturing base in India.

Turbine blades will be manufactured in the Gamesa plant in Gujarat, India.
Turbine blades will be manufactured in the Gamesa plant in Gujarat, India.

Spanish wind turbine developer Gamesa has opened its first blades factory in India. The factory will produce components for the company’s turbine systems G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW.

The company says the G9X-2.0 MW includes improvements in performance, better power curve and noise levels. It also has a streamlined nacelle with improved interior cooling.

The blade plant is located in Vadodara, Gujarat. It has a strong team of 157 and is forecast to produce 390 turbine blades by 2013.

Gamesa has invested EUR 25m to commission the facility, which will primarily supply India's northern states. This includes Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, which offer promising wind energy potential.

Ramesh Kymal, Gamesa India chairman and managing director, said: "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.”

The new blade plant is part of a EUR 60million investment Gamesa announced last year to address growth in India.

Gamesa recently boosted its manufacturing presence in India with a tower factory, which is part of a EUR 60m investment announced in March 2011.

The factory, which was built through a joint venture with Windar Renewable Energy, aims to strengthen Gamesa’s manufacturing base in India to meet rising demand in the country's wind energy market.

Gamesa now plans to build a factory in Tamil Nadu to produce nacelles, which the company says will round off its investment plan into India.

India now accounts for 20 per cent of the MW Gamesa sells worldwide. The figure was revealed in the third quarter of 2011, after the company's sales for India increased by 2.8 times from the same period in 2010.

Gamesa holds a 10 per cent share of India’s market, according to the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, following venturing into the country in 2010. This makes it the country's top third wind energy manufacturing company.