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Enercon plans €40m Spanish expansion

SPAIN: Enercon has announced plans to pump €40 million into a component and services complex in Spain.

The E-82 2MW turbine has been enhanced to 3MW
The E-82 2MW turbine has been enhanced to 3MW

The investment, which makes up almost a quarter of the company’s scheduled global investments to 2014, is centred on the northernmost region of Galicia’s public call for wind development proposals of 2.3GW.

Juan Ruíz,  managing director of Enercon’s Spanish division, made the announcement during the inauguration of Enercon’s new commercial offices in Madrid.

Enercon’s move comes as the country’s top turbine manufacturers, Gamesa and Vestas, slash local production capacity in order to target overseas markets.

Enercon has increased its Spanish commitment from just over 1% of the cumulative market to end-2008, to cornering nearly 9% of the annual market in 2009.

Ruiz said 85% of the investment is planned for 2011 and 2012, bringing depressed Spain and Galicia "a timely economic boost". The complex will also export to the Mediterranean region and Portugal, "ensuring future continuity."

The investment breakdown includes €10 million to build a nacelle factory for Enercon’s E82 and E101 3MW machines, employing 75 people.

A further €20 million would go to a steel components facility, employing 50 people. Finally, €10 million would be assigned to plant construction, control and O&M.

In April 2009, Spain’s central government froze new wind projects approvals, regardless of regional government planning.

However, Enercon is confident that all the new Galician projects will get central government approval when it resumes licensing in 2013. "Galicia is where Spain’s best winds are," says Ruiz.

Ruiz claims Enercon has landed a lease option agreement for the industrial complex in the Outes business park near Coruna.

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