Gamesa takes Chinese manufacturing capacity to 1GW

CHINA: Gamesa has opened its sixth manufacturing plant in China, as part of its aim to expand market share in the country.

The assembly plant is based in Tianjin city, northern China, and takes Gamesa's capacity in China to 1GW.

In June, Gamesa set up a nacelle assembly plant in Da’an city, north-east China’s Jilin province, for 2MW G9X turbines. The annual production capacity for the first stage project is 500MW.

Gamesa has other four plants in Tianjin, which produce blades, nacelles, gearboxes, and latest electronic components.

From July to October, Gamesa signed four contracts with Chinese power companies for 348MW turbines.

The first batch of orders, 25 units of G97-2.0MW turbines, will be delivered to Longyuan Power, China’s largest wind farm developer, for wind farms in Ningxia, west China.

José Antonio Miranda, Gamesa China chairman and CEO, said Gamesa will keep cooperating with Chinese companies. He said Gamesa would invest CNY300 million in 2012 to jointly develop wind farms with Chinese partners.

Since it entered China in 2000, Gamesa has sold nearly 3,000 wind turbines to over 60 Chinese wind farms, amounting to 2.9GW. As of September this year, the Chinese market accounts for 21% of Gamesa’s global sales.