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Technology: Gamesa to offer 3.3MW unit

Gamesa has announced plans to launch a 3.3MW turbine targeting Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

The firm will join Vestas, Nordex and Siemens in the 3.3MW turbine market. Siemens unveiled its low-wind model in September 2014 aimed at Germany and other European markets.

Last month, Vestas introduced a new power mode option to its 3.3MW platform, enabling output to be increased to 3.45MW in some conditions.

According to Gamesa, the 3.3MW machine will be certified and in production before the end of 2017. The company was unable to give any further details about the specification other than to state it had a 130-metre rotor. It is likely it will be designed for the low-wind sector.

The company also plans to make its 2.5MW platform available in India and Brazil. The company's most popular turbine in 2014 was its G97-2MW machine.

Gamesa has unveiled its 2015-2017 outlook, in which it is looking to secure between 3.5GW and 3.8GW in sales by 2017.

Big in India

Annual sales in 2014 by megawatt increased 34% compared with the previous year, buoyed by a 15% increase in India, which made up 26% of Gamesa's sales last year. Latin America contributed over a third of the total, with China at 9%.

The 2015-2017 company outlook is also aiming to double its pre-tax earnings by 2017, compared to the EUR191 million reported for 2014.

Gamesa has had a good start to the year. In May it recorded pre-tax earnings of EUR66 million in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 92% year on year. The increase was helped by a 43% growth in sales, which reached EUR820 million in the first quarter of this year. Gamesa sold 712MW of turbines, 25.6% more than the same period last year.

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