MADRID (March 26, 12:25 p.m. ET) — Gamesa Corporación Technológica, a Spanish manufacturer of wind turbines, plans to invest 150 million euros ($200 million) to establish two plants in Leith, Scotland, to produce composite turbine blades and nacelle power units.
Madrid-based Gamesa said it was in detailed negotiations with the Scottish port aimed at reaching an agreement on plans to locate its United Kingdom manufacturing base there. Apart from the plants, this will also include port logistics and wind turbine service and maintenance operations.
Eighteen months ago Gamesa revealed plans to base its global offshore wind power division in the UK. Last year the group set up a new R&D facility in Strathclyde, Scotland, which already employs 60 engineers and the firm is currently moving its offshore divisional headquarters to offices in London where it will employ 70 staff.
Depending on how the offshore market develops, the company expects its UK manufacturing base eventually to employ more than 800. In addition, the project is likely to lead to the creation of hundreds more jobs in the supply chain.
Gamesa, the world's fourth-ranked wind turbine manufacturer, has a global workforce of 8,000, and runs some 30 turbine plants in Europe, China, India, Brazil and the United States.