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Acciona ramp-up feeds suppliers

The ramp-up of turbine manufacturing by Spain's Acciona Windpower is providing plenty of business for its component suppliers. Denmark's LM Glasfiber is to build its third Spanish blade facility, scheduled for start-up in mid-2007, and Finland's Moventas said last month that it will be supplying gearboxes to Acciona for EUR 150 million. The activity is being driven by an 800 MW wind plant concession in Valencia won by Renomar, a 50-50 joint venture between Acciona's wind development division, Acciona Energía, and local businesses. All Acciona wind turbines use blades from LM and the Valencia wind regulation requires developers to source supplies locally, says LM's Steen Broust. Since spring 2006, Acciona Energía has installed over 200 MW in Valencia. "The decision to build the factory is just part of our growing daily business with Acciona," adds Broust. The blade facility will equip 240-250 MW of wind plant each year "though we expect to ramp up later," he says. In total, Valencia has granted concessions for 2300 MW of wind plant, but LM is only supplying to Acciona. Any extra capacity at LM's Valencia facility will feed export markets, mainly in southern Europe. Meanwhile, Moventas says its deal with Acciona will more than double its gearbox deliveries during 2007-2009. Acciona Windpower has used Moventas gearboxes since 2003, when it started series production of its 1.5 MW turbine. Moventas' vice president, Ahti Ahonen, estimates the company's global market share in the wind business at "over 10%." More than 40% of Moventas' business is with the wind industry. The company will continue to make gearboxes in Finland.

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