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Spain wind firm to open third turbine plant in India

Factory will export turbines to Africa and is part of firm’s EUR 60m investment to boost India wind power

The India plant will produce Gamesa’ 2 MW wind turbines.
The India plant will produce Gamesa’ 2 MW wind turbines. It will be the company’s third factory in the country.

A Spanish wind firm is to open its third turbine plant in India. Spain’s Gamesa, Europe’s second-biggest wind-turbine maker, will open the USD 37m plant in southern Chennai to increase its wind power in the country, according to reports.

The site, which will produce the company’s new 2 MW machines, is part of a EUR 60m investment to expand its wind technology across India.

Gamesa already produces turbine blades and towers at two plants in India. Its new factory will have an annual capacity of 1,500 MW and export wind energy turbines to markets including North Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as supplying local developers, Bloomberg said. It will get 70 per cent of its supplies locally by year-end, driving down output costs by 18 per cent.

A Gamesa spokesperson said to RET: “This is part of a 60-million-euro investment Gamesa to address growth in India.” 

Gamesa got 20 per cent of its sales in India last year and expects that share to climb, targeting 711 MW in sales by the end of December. Recent orders include a 150-MW contract from Mytrah Energy Ltd. (MYT), part of a 2011 accord to buy 2,000 megawatts of machines from Gamesa by 2016.