Gamesa is building a new turbine blade factory in the town of Nellore in Andra Pradesh – one of India’s fastest-growing wind markets, says the company.
With enough capacity to manufacture 250 blades (500 MW) a year, the facility has been configured to produce the G114-2.0 MW class S model, a turbine custom-designed for wind conditions in India. The company plans to inaugurate the factory, which will employ 400 people, in September.
“The start-up of this new facility evidences our industrial pledge in India and our commitment to developing the country’s wind power and broader manufacturing infrastructure,” comments Ramesh Kymal, Gamesa’s CEO in India. “By opening our third factory, we are stepping up our operations in a priority region for Gamesa while generating wealth via job creation and purchases from local suppliers.”
In India, Gamesa has another blade factory in Halol (Gujarat), a nacelle factory in Mamandur (Chennai, Tamil Nadu) and a repair center in Red Hills (Chennai, Tamil Nadu).
In 2015, India accounted for 29% of the company’s overall sales volume (in MW). In the last 12 months, the company has commissioned over 1 GW in the market.