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Americans get one more Spanish order -- Enron megawatt units to Navarre

Enron Wind is making inroads in Spain, clinching a new order for megawatt technology. It is to supply 33, 1.5 MW turbines to Energías Hidroeléctricas de Navarra (EHN). The turbines will be used for a project in Navarre, where EHN has about half of its 840 MW of wind power in the ground.

"Entering into the megawatt turbine market with EHN is a significant achievement for Enron Wind's activities in Spain," says Sergio Castedo of Enron's Spanish division. The company's turbine assembly facility in Toledo, Castile La Mancha, will supply the EHN order. According to Castedo, the facility can produce 100 turbines a year. It opened last June.

Until recently, EHN has used technology exclusively from Spanish Gamesa Eólica. The developer began to diversify last year with an order for 100 Tacke 750 kW units, Enron's German technology (Windpower Monthly, January 2000). This project has been delayed, however. The new Enron order, along with a 37.5 MW order to Dutch Lagerwey (page 8), marks EHN's further inroads to vary its supply, says the company's Jose Arrieta.

The decision to opt for Enron does not indicate any particular bias regarding future orders, Arrieta stresses. The Enron turbine has been "sufficiently tried and tested," he adds, "and we understand it to perform well."

Enron Wind has other activities underway in Spain, Castedo says, particularly in Castile La Mancha where it is one of 18 companies to have been granted exclusive research rights (Windpower Monthly, September 2000). "Enron Wind has established itself in Spain in a very short period of time," he says.

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