Two projects going up in Argentina

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A German company's entry into the Argentinean market in November has been followed with a new order, marking a successful use of German state funds for foreign wind development. AN Windenergie, a wind turbine marketing company, is to supply three further AN Bonus 600 kW turbines from Denmark to join the two it has installed for a utility in Mayor Buratovich, a coastal town some 600 kilometres south of Buenos Aires.

"The wind conditions are excellent and the project earned the enthusiasm of the local people from the start," says AN Windenergie of Bremen. The first two turbines are together expected to generate about 3.2 million kilowatt hours annually for the operator, local power company Cooperativa Mayor Buratovich. "By installing its own power station the utility hopes to save costs and to win some independence from outside suppliers," adds AN Windenergie.

The project, worth DEM 2.5 million, was co-financed by Germany's federal ministry for education, science, research and technology through its Eldorado programme, which facilitates market entry into chosen countries for German renewable energy technology.

Aside from saying that a "new project is already home and dry," AN Windenergie declines to report on specific details of the second order, although officials say both projects may expand over the coming years.

AN Bonus turbines are assembled at the Bonus works in Denmark, although several components such as the tower and nacelle are supplied by German contractors, according to AN Windenergie, which closed its own assembly works for Bonus units at the end of 1996.

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