Siemens completes 240 MW Alto Minho unit

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Siemens Portugal has concluded installation of EUR 28 million of electrical infrastructure for the 240 MW Alto Minho Wind Farm, one of Europe's largest and currently under construction by Ventominho, a joint venture between France's EDF Energie Nouvelles, Spanish group Endesa and Portuguese group DST. Siemens has supplied and installed two 400 kV lines, three 150 kV lines and an autotransformer phase shifter of 450 MVA at the Pedralva substation, all "in a record time," says the company. For both the wind farm's Pedralva substation and the Mendoira substation, which connect the wind farm to Portugal's national grid, Siemens is also supplying the protection systems, command and control equipment, and other associated general electrical installation. As part of the deal, it also has a ten year maintenance contract for the Mendoiro substation. Germany's Enercon is supplying the 120 turbines for the project, which are being assembled in Portugal.

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