Instead of awarding a contract for the 104.4 MW La Venta 2 wind plant, Mexico's government-run electric power firm, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), cancelled the entire tender on February 21. Of the four bids received, it said three were too expensive and the fourth, submitted by General Electric International Operations Company of the US, partnered with Spain's Elecnor SA, failed on technical grounds. The other bidders were: Eólica de Diamante SA together with Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation, 'Vestas Wind Systems A/S,' and Spain's Gamesa Eólica SA, which bid alone. Bids were received on January 25. The contract was scheduled to be signed on March 18 for work to start immediately, according to the CFE's timetable, with full operation required by July 31, 2006. The winner was to finance construction and CFE would have paid a fixed price for the production at the rate stipulated in the winning bid. At least 12% of the project cost had to be spent in Mexico, according to bidding terms. Power from La Venta was to be fed into CFE's national grid in Oaxaca state at a substation some 16 kilometres from the plant. The project is located in Ejido La Venta, in the Juchitán de Zaragoza municipality, some 310 kilometres southeast of the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of the same name. Average wind speeds at La Venta are an impressive 9.5 m/s at a height of 30 metres. The strongest winds blow during November to February, averaging 14.4 m/s.
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