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12 June 2013
Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has closed the sale of a 15.3 MW wind farm development in Scotland to international specialist investor and asset manager, John Laing.
The Carscreugh wind farm, located in Dumfries and Galloway Council (in south west Scotland), will be equipped with 18 Gamesa G52 turbines, each with a unit capacity of 850 kW.
Gamesa expects to install the wind turbines towards the end of this year and to commission the facility in the first quarter of 2014. Under the agreement, the company will also carry out operations and maintenance (O&M) services at the facility for 10 years. When the wind farm is commissioned, it will generate enough energy to supply over 9,500 households.
This transaction - Gamesa's debut wind farm sale in the UK market - falls under the company's new strategy in the wind farm development and sale segment: the goal is to become the key technology partner, with the expertise and skills to navigate a wind farm through the end-to-end phases (site identification, wind resource measurement, government permits, engineering, construction, turbine supply and O&M services); in short, to leverage and monetise the group's know-how and pipeline without having to put up internal funds.
Gamesa's presence in the UK market, where it has installed 275 MW, dates back to 2005. It currently services over 240 MW under O&M agreements and boasts a pipeline of 197 MW. The company has an O&M centre and an R&D office near Glasgow. It has also announced plans to establish an offshore production and logistics base in the UK, depending on how the offshore wind power segment develops.
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