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Wind market report highlights the increasing number of Spanish players

A recent report on Portugal's wind market not only underlines the national wind boom but also highlights the increasing involvement of Spanish players. The first quarter 2005 report was produced by Porto University's Instituto de Engehharia Meánica e Gestão Industrial (INEGI). By the end of the period, capacity online and building had reached 1530 MW, 20% up on the end-year 2004 figure. Spanish developer Gamesa Energía was behind 10% of cumulative online capacity. Last year its share of the market had barely registered on the radar. INEGI ranked manufacturing arm, Gamesa Eólica, as the fourth largest turbine supplier, cornering 13% of the online market, compared to just 5% by end-year 2004. Ahead of Gamesa Eólica came German manufacturer Enercon (29.3%), Danish Vestas (20.2%) and German Nordex (15.4%). At the same time, Spain's top utility, Endesa, has landed on the market with a bang. The utility bought major developer Finerge, which also acts as an Enercon agent in Portugal. Finerge has permits for 263 MW, or over 17% of the 1530 MW permitted nationally, according to INEGI. Meanwhile, Portugal's Enersis remains the dominant developer with over 24% of the online market, or 28% including permits. The only other developer approaching Enersis is Enernova -- wind affiliate of the national utility monopoly EDP -- which operates 22% of online capacity, though its share falls to 15% when permits for future projects are included. Rumours are mounting regarding plans by Spanish utility Iberdrola to buy Enersis, though both companies decline to comment.A recent report on Portugal's wind market not only underlines the national wind boom but also highlights the increasing involvement of Spanish players. The first quarter 2005 report was produced by Porto University's Instituto de Engehharia Meánica e Gestão Industrial (INEGI). By the end of the period, capacity online and building had reached 1530 MW, 20% up on the end-year 2004 figure. Spanish developer Gamesa Energía was behind 10% of cumulative online capacity. Last year its share of the market had barely registered on the radar. INEGI ranked manufacturing arm, Gamesa Eólica, as the fourth largest turbine supplier, cornering 13% of the online market, compared to just 5% by end-year 2004. Ahead of Gamesa Eólica came German manufacturer Enercon (29.3%), Danish Vestas (20.2%) and German Nordex (15.4%). At the same time, Spain's top utility, Endesa, has landed on the market with a bang. The utility bought major developer Finerge, which also acts as an Enercon agent in Portugal. Finerge has permits for 263 MW, or over 17% of the 1530 MW permitted nationally, according to INEGI. Meanwhile, Portugal's Enersis remains the dominant developer with over 24% of the online market, or 28% including permits. The only other developer approaching Enersis is Enernova -- wind affiliate of the national utility monopoly EDP -- which operates 22% of online capacity, though its share falls to 15% when permits for future projects are included. Rumours are mounting regarding plans by Spanish utility Iberdrola to buy Enersis, though both companies decline to comment.

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