Gamesa wins first order in Uruguay

URUGUAY: Gamesa has been handed a 50MW deal for a wind project in Uruguay, the manufacturer's first order in the country.

The project will use Gamesa's G90 2MW turbine
The project will use Gamesa's G90 2MW turbine

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The wind farm, which is being built by construction company Teyma and Inabensa, is located in Peralta, in the department of Tacuarembo, northern Uruguay. The two companywon the rights to the project in 2010.

The wind turbines will be installed next year after being manufactured in the US. The deal includes a 20-year maintenance agreement. The project will use 25 G90 2MW turbines.

Speaking about the deal, Gamesa’s Mercosur commercial and project manager Edgard Corrochano said: "This project is a new milestone for Gamesa. It heralds its entry into a new market, Uruguay, which offers appealing growth prospects, and marks our launch in a new country, just a year and a half after we began doing business in the Mercosur region."

Uruguay only added 4MW in 2011, taking total capacity to 44MW. However, it completed two auctions that could turn the nation into a wind-power giant, at least in percentage terms.

The state utility Usinas y Trasmisiones Electricas (UTE) commissioned a total of 300MW of wind, achieving prices as low as $63/MWh in the second round. Another tender is expected in 2012, totalling 1GW of projects to be built by 2015.

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