Desarrollos Eólicos (DESA) -- a Spanish wind project developer now owned by Portuguese state utility EDP -- has picked Siemens to construct and equip two wind farms with a combined capacity of 72.8 MW. Both deals are for the region of Galicia, where all 330 MW of Siemens' wind capacity in Spain is operating. As before, the contracts come through Siemens' long-standing technology transfer agreement with Navantia, a semi-public ship maintenance and marine turbine firm. Navantia is already building DESA's 40.3 MW Ponte Rebordelo plant using 31, 1.3 MW turbines. Construction of the neighbouring 32.5 MW Valsagueiro project is scheduled for late spring. For Siemens, the contracts mark the end of a year long dry spell with no orders from Spain. Navantia recently completed the first project from a 244.4 MW order placed in 2005, connecting 38 Siemens 1.3 MW machines at the Silvarredondo plant operated by Italian utility ENEL. It is also supplying 150, 1.3 MW machines to Eurovento, a 50-50 joint venture between Spain's Acciona Energía and Japan's Eurus. The first 74 machines, for four fully permitted projects (Buio, Rioboo, Gamoide and Goa), are now being turned out at Navantia's facility in Ferrol. Production of the remaining 76 machines is held back due to unexpected delays in obtaining final approval for Eurovento's neighbouring Fontavia and Bidueiros projects. Navantia's only wind action outside Galicia is over the border into Portugal, where the company last year installed 23.4 MW for local developer Tecneria.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol