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Gamesa to set up 500MW wind turbine tower factory, develop wind projects in Mexico

CTBR Staff Writer Published 03 December 2015

Gamesa is planning to build a 500MW wind turbine tower production plant in Mexico, a move that comes against the backdrop of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the company and Mexican Electricity Board (CFE) to foster wind power generation in the country.

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Windar Renovables, a joint venture between Gamesa and Daniel Alonso, will be responsible for the construction of the proposed tower factory.

To be built in Puerto Altamira, in the state of Tamaulipas, the facility will be spread over an area of around 75,000m2.

Construction on the plant will begin in December, with planned completion and commissioning by the end of next year.

The wind turbine towers produced at the plant will be supplied to the Mexican, US and Central American markets.

As per the terms of the MoU, Gamesa and CFE will jointly develop wind power projects in Mexico.

The companies will explore ways to encourage technological, industrial and supply chain development in the country's wind energy sector, as well as promote research, development and innovation in the renewable energy field.

Gamesa Mexico & Latam managing director Hipólito Suárez said: "This MoU with the CFE highlights Gamesa's commitment to the Mexican market, where, in addition to developing and on-selling wind farms, it supplies, installs and services wind turbines.

"Execution of this agreement will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in the tower manufacturing area and by nurturing a local supply chain capable of manufacturing major parts not only for the Mexican market but also for the US".

The MoU will also study the possibility of CFE participation in wind projects in which Gamesa has a stake in other Latin American markets and the US. It will also promote the extension of best practices in wind farm operations, maintenance and control.

Gamesa is also planning to increase renewable energy training and research activities it already carries out in Mexico through the existing Gamesa University located in Juchitán where local people specialize in operations and maintenance tasks.


Image: The wind turbine towers produced at the plant will be supplied to the Mexican, US and Central American markets. Photo: © Gamesa.