Gamesa to build Mexican project for Volkswagen

MEXICO: Developers Mexico Power Group and First Reserve have commissioned Gamesa to supply and construct its planned 130MW La Bufa wind farm in central Mexico.

Gamesa 114-2MW turbines will power Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico

The developers have selected 65 Gamesa low-wind G114-2MW turbines for the site, which will supply power to Volkswagen's factories, which are sited in Puebla and Silao.

Gamesa, which already has 1.7GW turbines operating in Mexico, will take on the full construction of La Bufa, from arranging and installing the infrastructure through to commissioning the project. This contract adds to the Spanish manufacturer's existing 700MW of development contracts in Mexico.

Construction will start early in 2016, and the project is expected to be ready for operation by December 2016.

Gamesa regards Mexico as an important country for growth and is involved in plans for a wind tower factory in Tamaulipas through Windar Renovables, its joint venture with steel manufacturer Daniel Alonso Group. Construction of the plant is expected to start this month (December), and should be complete by the end of 2016.

Volkswagen's Puebla factory is the manufacturer's largest standalone production facility outside Germany. In October, it reduced shifts in the plant, in the wake of the emissions scandal that started when US authorities discovered in September that VW diesel cars had been fitted with devices to cheat emissions tests.