Proposed 49.5 MW Castile-La Mancha plant seals two major contracts

The go-ahead to a 49.5 MW development in the region of Castile-La Mancha has put the seal on two major contracts: GE Energy will supply the turbines while the link to the grid will be supplied and built by Iberinco, the engineering affiliate of regional distributor-utility Iberdrola. The La Fuensanta project, in the province of Albacete, belongs to developer Energías Alternativas de Castilla-La Mancha, which is controlled by a leading cheese-making firm, Quesos Forlasa. GE will supply the 33, 1.5 MW machines from its Noblejas facility, also in Castile-La Mancha in the neighbouring province of Toledo. This year alone, GE has already put up 200 MW in Castille-La Mancha, all for Iberdrola's wind developing arm, Energías Eólicas Europeas (EEE). The EUR 3.4 million deal with Iberinco is for the supply and construction of a 132 kV grid link, wind plant step-up transformers and substation. To date, Iberinco has completed infrastructure work for wind plant totalling 232 MW under nine contracts. Aside from La Fuensanta, the company is currently building infrastructure for wind plant totalling 122 MW.