After establishing an office in Toulouse in 2003, Spain's Ecotècnia is beginning to see some action in France. The company has started work on its first French wind installation, an 11.69 MW plant at Dio et Valquières in the south westerly Hérault department for owner-operator Dio Energie, a group of private investors. The seven ECO 74, 1.67 MW machines should start turning in January. Later this year, Ecotècnia will install a single ECO 74 unit at St-Arnac in the nearby Pyrénées-Orientales department. The client is developer Valeco Éole, a subsidiary of independent energy producer Valeco. In the Viennes department of west central France, local energy company Sergies SEML has contracted Ecotècnia to develop and build two plant totalling 16.7 MW at Rochereau. Completion is scheduled for early 2006. Finally, Ecotècnia recently received siting permission for two projects developed on its own account. One is for a 16.7 MW plant in Deux-Sèvres, also in west central France, and the second for 11.69 MW in Lozère in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
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