Gamesa builds 50 MW plant

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Spain's Gamesa Energia and Argentina's Comodoro Rivadavia electricity co-operative, Cooagua, have teamed up to develop 50 MW of wind power capacity for the town of Rada Tilly, in southern Argentina's Chubut province. Gamesa is working through its 100%-owned local subsidiary Gamesa Energia Austral, which seeks to install 7 MW in the short term, says Gamesa Energia's Jorge Cortina. He adds that construction will start this year and connection to the grid will take place within 12 months. Gamesa Energia Austral owns 84% of the project, with Cooagua holding the remaining 16%. Under a turnkey contract Gamesa identified the site, conducted wind monitoring, and will provide and install the turbines for about $1 million per MW installed, Cortina says. The project is intended as an alternative energy source for Rada Tilly to reduce power purchase costs. Since the town already has other generation sources, the Gamesa project will not have any back-up generation system. Also in Comodoro Rivadavia, Gamesa has supplied the turbines for an 11 MW wind farm under construction for the local distributor that should be completed by July 2001.

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