Consortium with German wind turbine maker hopes to win 1000 MW in Portugal

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Germany's financially struggling turbine manufacturer, Repower, has formed a consortium with Portugal's biggest wind developer, Enersis, and the country's biggest oil company, Galp. The partnership hopes to win a 1000 MW concession in the government's call to tender to build up to 1500 MW of new wind capacity (Windpower Monthly, August 2005). The tender is split into two lots, one for 800-1000 MW the other for 400-500 MW. The consortium will bid for both tenders, but is only allowed one of them. The deadline for bids is January 30, 2006. The consortium marks some major market reshuffling following the cancellation of an earlier government tender this year by the new Partido Socialista government, elected to power in February. Enersis has dropped GE Energy as its turbine partner in preference to Repower, which it has not used before. "We always take risks, but always controlled ones," says Enersis' António Sa da Costa: "We were the first to use Nordex and GE in Portugal, as well as WinWind. We were also among the first in the world to use the Vestas V 90, 3 MW turbine." The German interest in the consortium is headed by Repower Portugal, a 50-50 joint venture between Repower and Mota-Engil, the country's largest construction group. Portugal is Repower's biggest market outside Germany and the company pins much hope on a successful bid in order to reduce its EUR 12.7 million debt.

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