Italian utility Enel has placed orders with Spanish turbine producer Gamesa and Germany's Repower for a total of 552 MW for wind farm projects in Italy, Spain and France. The turbines are to be delivered from 2009 to 2011. Financial details of the contracts were not disclosed. Both deals were the result of a bid process in which all the major international producers of turbines had been invited, Enel says. Repower's 2 MW turbines, with a combined capacity of 105 MW, will be used in three Italian projects in the centre and southern part of the country and at nine different wind farm sites in France with a combined capacity of 158 MW. The Italian deliveries are expected in 2009. Repower says it will supply a total of 132 turbines, although one of these machines will only achieve a rated power of 1 MW. Gamesa's 2 MW turbines will be used for a 75 MW project in the south central part of Italy slated for 2010 and for four projects with a combined capacity of 214 MW in Spain that Enel is carrying out through its joint venture wind company in Spain, Unión Fenosa Energías Renovables, which it owns together with Spanish utility Union Fenosa. Enel is forecasting that its global wind capacity will rise to 4752 MW by the end of 2012, up from 857 MW at the end of 2007.
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