Gamesa wind turbine plant in Denmark?

Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa SA (MCE: GAM), rival of Danish Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH: VWS), is exploring the possibility of building a plant in Denmark, knowledgeable sources told today local daily Dagbladet Borsen.

Last month, Gamesa agreed to take a minority stake in German wind power Bard Engineering GmbH, thereby speeding up its entry into the growing market for offshore wind turbines.

Now the project is due to have production near the main markets for offshore wind turbines, namely the North Sea, the English Channel and the Baltic Sea.

Therefore Gamesa is considering the towns of Esbjerg, Aarhus and Aalborg on the Danish Jutland (Jylland) peninsula as well as the Lindo Shipyard on the island of Funen (Fyn), according to Borsen’s sources. The company is also exploring sea areas, where production of offshore wind turbines is possible.

Gamesa is reportedly also looking at sites in Germany and the UK. Additionally, the company is considering the option of producing the wind turbines at its existing plants in Spain and shipping them from there.

Borsen could not contact Gamesa for comments. At present, the Spanish company has a small sales and development facility in Silkeborg on Jutland.

Gamesa specialises in sustainable energy technologies, mainly wind power. The company is the wind energy market leader in Spain and is positioned among the most important wind turbine manufacturers in the world.

Gamesa has installed over 18,000 MW of wind turbine capacity worldwide. Gamesa is also a world leader in the development, construction and sale of wind farms, having installed over 3,600 MW, and it owns a portfolio of 22,000 MW of wind farms at varying stages of development in Europe, America and Asia. The company employs over 6,300 people worldwide and has production facilities in Europe, the USA, China and India.