A 40 MW wind farm of Bonus turbines will be running in Galicia by early 1999, according to Dino Pionzio of the developer, SeaWest Power Systems of California. A SeaWest joint venture, EuroVento, recently inaugurated a 20 MW wind plant, also in Galicia. The Bonus turbines for this plant were the first to be made in Spain by the Bazan shipyard (Windpower Monthly, July 1997). EuroVento is a joint venture with Japanese trading company Tomen Corporation. Power is being sold to the utility Union Electrica Fenosa under premium price contracts. Bazan, or Empaesa Nacional de Bazan, is a government owned military company in Galicia known for making the ships for the Spanish Armada over 300 years ago. According to Pionzio, SeaWest hopes Bazan will also make the wind turbines for the next 485 MW that it plans to develop in Spain. Pionzio heads SeaWest's European operation, based in Barcelona.
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