Spain's Gamesa to base offshore wind business in Britain
Spain's Gamesa, one of the world's top wind turbine groups, on Monday announced it would base the global headquarters for its offshore business in Britain, where it plans to invest up to 150 million euros.
Gamesa "intends to choose the United Kingdom as the worldwide centre of its offshore wind energy business, and plans to invest up to 150 million euros (210 million dollars) there by 2014," the company said in a statement.
The offshore headquarters will be based in London, where it will handle sales, project management, finance and administration for the offshore business, it said.
It also plans a research and development centre for offshore technology and a turbine blade manufacturing plant in Britain, with its port logistics and operation and maintenance services based at different ports in the country.
The company forecast the plan would create more than 1,000 jobs, with around 800 more generated indirectly at local supplier firms.
"The United Kingdom's resolute decision to enact an ambitious offshore plan, along with the country's support for foreign investment and the availability of large ports ... convinced us to make the decision to base the global headquarters of our offshore activity in the UK," said Gamesa Chairman Jorge Calvet.
Gamesa has 30 manufacturing facilities in Europe, the United States, China and India and an international workforce of more than 6,300 people.
Earlier this month its signed an agreement to jointly develop offshore wind technology with the largest shipbuilder in the United States, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
© 2010 AFP