Spanish wind energy company Gamesa plans to base the worldwide center of its offshore wind energy business in the UK.

The company intends to invest up to EUR150m in the UK by 2014 and base the global headquarters of its offshore division in London.

The offshore industrial plan, which Gamesa plans to implement beginning in 2011 in the UK, calls for the creation of a research and development center for offshore technology and the construction of a turbine blade manufacturing plant.

Gamesa plans to conduct its offshore business’ port logistics and turbine operation and maintenance services from different ports of the UK.

The company said that the plan is expected to directly generate more than 1,000 jobs, with another 800 jobs created indirectly at local supplier firms.