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Vestas and Gamesa compete to supply turbines in Andalusia

Whether it will be Vestas or Gamesa that supplies turbines for a portion of the 220 MW of wind plant to be installed in 12 projects in Andalusia (Windpower Monthly, September 2001) remains unclear. Earlier this year, Gamesa Eólica -- Vestas' technological partner in Spain -- said it was supplying the turbines. Indeed, Gamesa announced that Wind Ibérica España, the Danish owned developer of the 12 projects, would be the first customer for its 2 MW machine. But according to Wind Ibérica's Juan Manuel Delgado, the most advanced agreement so far is for 50, 2 MW machines from Vestas in Denmark, not Gamesa. Furthermore, Delgado says the remaining 60 turbines of the total of 110 will come mainly from NEG Micon, most of them rated at 2 MW. The final choice of size will depend on micrositing studies. Wind Ibérica is half owned by Denmark's Jysk Vindkraft, which is controlled by the World Wide Wind group, also a Danish company. The other 50% is shared equally between two private investors, Jan Haarh in Denmark and Jose Illanes in Spain. The company is one of the four wind developers to found a Tarifa association to jointly finance a 395 MW power line (Windpower Monthly, May 2001), which Delgado expects to be completed by next month.

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