Gamesa recently inaugurated a new factory in the Nellore region, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, one of India’s fastest-growing wind-power producing regions. Phase one of this new facility, already up and running, is earmarked for the manufacture of the blades for the G114-2.0 MW class S turbines, a product custom-configured for India’s wind conditions.
Phase two, due to come online in the middle of this year, will increase blade production capacity as well as enabling the production of generators and photovoltaic inverters.
“Inauguration of this factory fortifies Gamesa’s industrial presence in India, a country in which we have cemented our position as the leading OEM, which has made it one of the company’s most important markets,” said Ramesh Kymal, Gamesa’s CEO in India.
“We are certain that this new facility will generate wealth via job creation and purchases from local suppliers,” Kymal added.
Construction of this manufacturing facility, one of the company’s largest in India, is framed by Gamesa’s growth plans, which contemplate capex of more than €100 million through 2017 to reinforce its manufacturing presence in this market. The factory currently employs 500 people and its headcount is expected to rise to 1,000 within three years.
In addition to this new blade facility in Nellore (Andra Pradesh), Gamesa has another blade plant in Halol (Gujarat), a nacelle factory in Mamandur (Chennai, Tamil Nadu), and a repair centre in Red Hills (Chennai, Tamil Nadu).
“This new milestone evidences our firm commitment to promoting clean sources of energy in India and addressing the population’s energy needs in a sustainable manner,” said José Antonio Cortajarena, Gamesa’s Chief Corporate Officer.
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