Enron Wind of the US has signed a EUR 72 million sales contract for 66, 1.5 MW turbines to supply two wind plant in Spain's northern region of La Rioja. Enron claims the order represents 10% of annual new installed capacity in Spain. The 50 MW Gatup project and 50 MW Escurrillo plant are being developed by Desarrollos de Energías Renovables de la Rioja and Molinos del Cidacos, respectively. Both developers belong to a Riojan development group, Grupo de Energías Renovables de La Rioja. It is made up of Navarra wind power developer Desarrollo de Energías Renovables SA (DERSA), Iberdrola Diversificación -- the renewables arm of Spain's second utility, Iberdrola -- and Fomento de Inversiones Riojanas (FIRSA), a conglomeration of regional investors. The holding company is behind La Rioja's two existing wind stations; the 24.6 MW Yerga I and the 50 MW Cabimonteros plant, both using Gamesa Eólica technology. Enron's machines will be built in its facility in Toledo (Windpower Monthly, March 2001) and the company expects to deliver the first units in October. Enron is at pains to point out that the "dynamic power" electronics of the Enron wind turbine concept means they can provide grid voltage support.
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