Mumbai: Global wind energy major Gamesa has commissioned a Rs 175-crore blade making factory at Vadodara, Gujarat.
The plant, scheduled to produce 390 blades in 2013, will make components for its 850-kW and 2-MW turbine systems.
The manufacturing facility, which has produced its first blade for the 850-kW turbine, will primarily route supplies to the northern States, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
This is part of the €60-million investments Gamesa had announced in March, 2011 to strengthen its manufacturing base in India to tap rising demand in the wind energy market. The company intends to complete its investment plans by building a factory to produce nacelles (cover that houses all generating components in a wind turbine) in Tamil Nadu.
“This marks another step towards cementing our manufacturing base in India, where we are also implementing our best technology and practices in wind turbine production,” said Mr Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, Gamesa India.
Gamesa also operates as a wind farm developer in India, where it has a portfolio of wind farms exceeding 2,100 MW of combined capacity at varying stages of development.
In May 2011, Gamesa Wind Turbines, the Indian subsidiary of Gamesa Corporacion, signed a $2-billion agreement with Caparo Energy India for supply and commissioning 2,000 MW of turbine capacity in India. The deal was said to be the biggest in India and among the largest in the world.