October 7, 2010

Gamesa, Northrop Grumman Team Up For Offshore Wind Deal

Spanish manufacturing company Gamesa said Wednesday it had signed a deal with the USA's largest shipbuilder, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, to develop offshore wind technology in the US.

The two companies will work together to install Gamesa's first G11X-5 megawatt turbines in the United States by 2012, Gamesa said in a statement.

The partnership with Northrop Grumman "will give us the opportunity to test our technology on a short-term horizon, as well as to enhance and strengthen it," said Dirk Matthys, CEO of Gamesa's USA branch.

"This partnership further demonstrates Gamesa's continuing commitment to, and expansion in the North American market with both land- and sea-based wind turbine technology," Matthys told AFP.

The United States has stepped up its focus on offshore wind energy. Offshore wind projects totaling more than 5,000 megawatts have been proposed and are either in planning or development.

Gamesa said it is working on the rollout of another family of offshore turbines as well, with a capacity of 6 to 7 megawatts, with a version possibly available by 2014.

Gamesa has 30 turbine manufacturing facilities in Europe, Canada, China, India and the United States, with an international workforce of more than 6,300 employees.


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