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Players so far

The vast bulk of land-lease agreements for wind plants has gone to Portugal's seven largest developers, reports Antonio Sa dà Costa of renewables association APREN. These include independent Portuguese developer Enersis -- which already has 70 MW of wind and 60 MW of small hydro up or building -- and Generg, a major small hydro developer with 425 MW of wind projects in the pipeline. Enernova, the renewables wing of national utility Electricidade de Portugal (EDP) has 28 MW of wind power on-line. Britain's Renewable Energy Systems (RES) put up a 10 MW wind plant in the Coimbra region last year and is on the point of announcing 95 MW nearby, though remains tight-lipped on its pipeline projects. Siif, the renewables developer of French utility Electricité de France (EDF), which last month bought Danish-American developer Enxco, is now building a 22 MW plant using 1.8 MW machines from Enercon and expects not only to start building a further 16 MW soon, but also to ask for bids from turbine suppliers for machines for another three plant totalling 30 MW. APREN believes Siif to have a further 500 MW planned. The remaining two big players are Spain's wind giant Gamesa Energía, which reportedly has extensive land lease agreements, as does Spanish Eyra, the renewables affiliate of construction giant ACS. Eyra is expected to start building on a 35 MW development soon.

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