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Vestas clinches deal with Spanish developers for 242 MW

Vestas clinched turbine orders with Spanish developers totalling 242 MW -- 60 MW for projects in France, the rest in Spain. The deals further diversify Vestas' client portfolio in its attempt to raise its 13% share of Spain's wind turbine market. The largest of the deals is a 116 MW order from Madrid-based ENEL-Unión Fenosa Energías Renovables (EUFER), a joint venture 80% controlled by Italian utility ENEL. Vestas will supply and commission 58, 2 MW machines at three sites across Castile-La Mancha and Castile and León. The deal also includes Vestas' remote monitoring system. The nacelles will be made at Vestas' new Villadongas del Páramo facility in León province, which is due to open in the summer. Vestas' EUFER announcement came 24 hours after it revealed a 36 MW deal to supply two projects for Eólica de Navarra (EN), which operates 120 MW in Spain's Navarra region. Ten Vestas 1.8 MW units and three 2 MW wind turbines will go to the Robres project in Aragón, Spain, while five 2 MW machines are for the Beausemblant project over the border in the French region of Rhìne-Alpes to be developed by EN's international branch, Generación Eólica Internacional. A further order was secured some weeks earlier when Aragón-based developer Agrupación Eólica bought 45 Vestas 2 MW machines, together with Vestas' proprietary monitoring system, for five projects to be online in 2007 -- two in Aragón and three across the French regions of Brittany, Loire and central Pyrenees. In France the turbines will be installed in three groups of six at St-Barnabé in Brittany, Ségur in the Midi-Pyrénées and Patay in the Centre region.

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