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A new GBP12.5 million ( € 14 million) centre to develop next-generation offshore wind technology in Scotland was officially opened by First Minister Alex Salmond and Jorge Calvet, Chairman and CEO of Gamesa.

The company has located its Offshore Wind Technology Centre at Strathclyde Business Park, in Bellshill, some eight miles from Glasgow city centre and is already employing 40 engineers. Gamesa hopes to be employing more than 100 staff by the end of this year, rising to 180 within three years. Work at the Technology Centre is dedicated to the design and development of the company’s offshore wind platform G14X-6-7.0MW. Gamesa also has signed a strategic research partnership agreement with the University of Strathclyde for a research cluster in the Doctoral Training Centre of Wind Energy Systems. Gamesa is working to launch two offshore platforms - G11X-5.0 MW and G14X-6/7.0 MW – and has announced that the UK will be the centre of its offshore wind business, with plans to invest over € 150 million in the UK by 2014. Gamesa plans the construction of a blade manufacturing plant in UK (location, under study) and engaging in offshore logistics from a number of UK ports, around which it will locate its wind turbine O&M operations.
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