Portuguese utility EDP orders 900 MW for US and Europe

Two wind turbine contracts inked last month will provide about 90% of the requirements of Energías de Portugal (EDP) through 2008 and 2009. The Portuguese utility's American wind division, Horizon Energy, will use the bulk of the combined 900 MW of turbines to be supplied by GE Energy and Suzlon. GE's share will be 500 MW of machines split between the US and Europe. In the US, GE will supply 201 of its 1.5 MW turbines at sites yet to be determined. GE will also supply Neo Energia, the European renewables branch of EDP, with 80 of its new 2.5 MW wind turbines for projects in Europe. It is GE's largest order for the 2.5 MW unit to date. Sixty-six turbines are earmarked for Spain and 14 for a project in Belgium, owned by a Neo Energia affiliate. Sixty-seven of the GE wind turbines for the US projects and 30 turbines for the European projects are expected to be commissioned before the end of 2008. Suzlon's share for EDP comes in a 400 MW, two-phase order split evenly between 2008 and 2009 for its 2.1 MW turbine. Ninety-five units will be delivered each year to various ready-to-build sites in Horizon's project pipeline. Suzlon is also contracted for operations, maintenance and service of the turbines for two years with an option for five. "EDP promised the market it would deliver and this is an important step to achieve the goals announced in terms of built megawatts per year," says the Portuguese company's CEO, António Mexia.

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