Portugal's rolling wind market continues apace, with two more sizeable multi-megawatt turbine deals announced last month -- 36 MW for Denmark's Vestas and 26 MW for German competitor Repower. The Vestas order is to supply and install 12, 3 MW machines that will form the first phase Arga development of a 250 MW wind complex planned by developer Emprendendimentos Eólicos do Vale do Minho (EEVM) for northern Portugal's Minho Valley region. The EUR 300 million cluster will be the single biggest investment in the region, assuming the remaining phases, currently processing, get the go-ahead. EEVM is a consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewables arm of French utility EDF, and Finerge, a wind developer recently acquired by Spanish utility Endesa. The Arga contract brings the tally for 3 MW Vestas machines ordered in Portugal to 99 units, or 297 MW. Meanwhile, Repower's EUR 26 million contract is to supply 12, 2 MW machines for the Joguinho II project north of Lisbon, being developed by Danish utility Energi E2 with Portuguese partner Eólica São Julião.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol