Gamesa expands wind turbine facility in India

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As part of Gamesa’s wind power operation expansion in India, it has inaugurated a nacelle facility in Mamandur, near Chennai, in India.

The facility will produce the G114-2.0 MW turbine model, which Gamesa expects to introduce into the Indian market over the course of 2015.

In addition, being a multi-model line, it can manufacture two models at a time, the G114-2.0 MW and the G97-2.0 MW, part of Gamesa’s 2.0 MW-2.5 MW platform, 500 MW of which have already been installed in India.

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The new investment will increase factory’s annual capacity up to 1,700 MW, which began to operate in India from 2013.

So far, 900 MW of Gamesa’s 850 KW and G97-2.0 MW turbines have been assembled at the facility.

According to BTM, India’s installed capacity is set to increase from 21,000 MW to 36,000 MW by the end of 2018.

In 2013, Gamesa led India’s OEM, with a market share of 20 percent.

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In order to defend this position and reinforce the commitment to development of the country’s wind energy sector, over the next five years Gamesa plans to invest around €100 million in strengthening the manufacturing capabilities especially for the launch of new products like G114-2.0 MW, further developing its local supply chain and increasing the wind farm development pipeline, a strong competitive advantage in India, remarked, Ignacio Martín, chairman, CEO, Gamesa during the inauguration ceremony.

Technology is a key source of differentiation in terms of maintaining the competitive edge in India. The new G114-2.0 MW turbine which Gamesa wil introduce into the Indian market in 2015 cuts the cost of energy of the products custom-designed by the company for low and medium wind speed sites, thereby maximizing their performance, says, Xabier Etxeberria, CEO, Business, Gamesa.

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The G114-2.0 MW turbine’s sweep area is 38greater than that of the G97-2.0 MW and produces 20 percent more energy per annum.

For this new model, Gamesa has so far taken 800 MW of orders, which is supported by the technology validated in the Gamesa 2.0-2.5 MW platform.

Sabeena Wahid