Ukraine project exit results in Gamesa Spanish cutbacks

SPAIN: The postponement of a wind project in the Ukraine has contributed to temporary staff cutbacks affecting 188 workers at a Gamesa turbine component factory in Spain.

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But "no single project" has caused the cuts, a company spokeswoman told Windpower Monthly, rebutting Spanish press reports that Russia's annexation of the Crimea was directly to blame.

Rather, the measure responds to "a drop in demand in general", she said. While turbine negotiations for the now postponed Ukraine project were "at an advanced stage" prior to the Russian occupation, there was "no firm order".

The Ukranian project is reportedly rated at 36MW, although Gamesa declined to confirm that or identify the developer.

Of the 248 staff at the Spanish manufacturer's facility in Cantabria—where it makes generators and other electrical equipment for wind turbines—188 will be temporarily laid off and reemployed, on a rotation basis, at a rate of 22 jobs a month until March 2015.

This follows Gamesa's 2012 decision to axe 1800 jobs globally.

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