The agreement follows regional government approval of 13 Wind Ibérica developments totalling 230 MW in the Tarifa area of Andalusia in southern Spain. Although all new development in Tarifa is pending the final go-ahead from mayor Andrés Gil, Ramón Jiménez sees no obstacles arising and turbine manufacture is slated to start at the end of the year.
Gamesa Eólica produces its own version of Vestas machines via its technology transfer agreement with the Danish company. This time, however, the 2 MW turbine will be a straight reproduction of the Vestas V-80 and will not incorporate Gamesa Eólica's own Ingecon variable speed mechanism. Indeed, Gamesa is maintaining the name V-80 instead of changing the "V" for "G" as it has done with the G-47/660 kW, G-52/850 kW and G-66/1750 kW. Jiménez says this is partly due to marketing reasons: "There are so few 2 MW machines installed in the world that we want to keep the brand name homogeneous for at least the first 50 units."
Another reason is the fact that Gamesa will keep Vestas' recently developed OptiSpeed system, which replaces its OptiSlip semi-variable speed concept. Jiménez describes the new system as the "closest thing to totally variable speed for turbines with gearboxes." Notwithstanding the brand name, Jiménez confirms that the Wind Ibérica order will be entirely produced by Gamesa.