At the same time as opening its second wind turbine assembly facility in Spain, Vestas has signed two contracts totalling 68.15 MW, bringing its sales in the country since March to 382 MW, equal to 42% of the wind power installed in Spain in the first six months of 2006. Vestas' main competitor in Spain, Gamesa Eólica, has held 60% of the market over the last three years. The larger of Vestas' two latest deals is a turnkey contract to install 31, 1.65 MW turbines in Castile and León. Once online next year, it will bring Vestas' sales in that region alone to 284 MW, or just over 14% of the region's current total. The second order, for 20, 850 kW machines, is from Italian-Spanish utility partners, Enel-Unión Fenosa Energías Renevables (Eufer). All Vestas' 850 kW machines are made in Italy. The 17 MW Codesas project is in Galicia in the far north. Vestas' new factory in the Castile and León district of Villadangos del Páramo will produce 2 MW turbines and estimates it can turn out 300 machines a year. Last month the first turbines had left the factory for installation in Germany. Vestas expects 30% of production to be exported.
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