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Newport News Shipbuilding Partners to Develop Wind Power
October 7, 2010

Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica, a Spanish wind-turbine maker, has announced that it will partner with Newport News Shipbuilding to develop offshore wind technology, creating an estimated 40 engineering jobs in the Hampton Roads area.

The agreement between Gamesa and Newport News Shipbuilding, owned by defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. and the only builder of nuclear-powered
aircraft carriers in the U.S., outlines a cooperative obligation between the companies to launch an offshore prototype in the United States designed specifically for marine use. According to the announcement, all of the preliminary work and testing will be performed by members of the new partnership team prior to the installation of the wind turbines.

According to statements by the technology company’s officials, Gamesa decided to partner with Northrup Grumman because of the shipyard’s expertise in “heavy load
logistics” and marine-based technologies. Gamesa’s U.S. CEO, Dirk Matthys, noted that the new partnership will allow the company to test its technology “on a short-term horizon” in addition to demonstrating its commitment in the North American market.

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