Gamesa closing US blade plant

Gamesa is closing its blade plant in Ebensburg in the US state of Pennsylvania.

The Spain-based wind group confirmed it will shut the facility at the end of March with the loss of 62 jobs.

Gamesa said the move was prompted by a shift in demand for its turbines to the US southwest and a subsequent need for a supply-chain rethink.

The Ebensburg plant employed about 250 people at its peak, but has been the subject of several rounds of layoffs in the stop-start US wind market since it opened in 2006.

No other Gamesa plants are said to be affected.

A statement from Gamesa's headquarters in Madrid said: "The move is in line with the company’s new global manufacturing strategy.

"This decision is an important step to ensure Gamesa’s financial strength, to help keep our customers’cost of energy low, and to remain sustainable in the US wind market."

The company added that it remains strongly committed to the North American market.

It said: "In the past three months, Gamesa has booked orders and frame agreements that exceed 700MW to be delivered in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and recently signed O&M contracts with several customers to maintain, in total, more than a gigawatt of installed turbines for up to 15 years."

Note: Article updates earlier version with comments from Gamesa