By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The Offshore Wind Technology Centre will be located at Strathclyde Business Park and the recruitment process has already started with the aim of employing around 40 engineering staff by July/August.

The number of jobs could grow to more than 100 by the end of this year – rising to 180 within three years of the offshore wind entre beginning operational, Gamesa says. It is due to be officially opened in the autumn.

Gamesa says it is also prepared to invest in manufacturing, logistics and operations & maintenance (O&M) in Scotland, conditional upon development of offshore wind projects in the area, securing government support and the availability of sites for prototypes.

If this goes ahead, Gamesa's offshore wind plan could represent an investment of around €50 million in Scotland and create 300 direct jobs.

Jorge Calvet, Chairman and CEO of Gamesa, says: “Our commitment is strong and we are preparing to play a role in the offshore wind market. Our Offshore Technology Centre in Glasgow represents an important step in this strategy. Our offshore plans could generate significant local, skilled and sustainable jobs over the coming years.

“I would like to recognise the support and commitment from the Scottish Government and its development agencies during the ongoing discussions around these investment plans".