Winners of Portuguese 600 MW tender revealed

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The Portuguese government continues to put its faith in German wind turbine technology, picking the Ventiveste consortium to supply 400 MW under phase B of its public tender process. Ventiveste, headed by Portuguese utility Galp Energia, includes German wind turbine manufacturer Repower, recently acquired by India's Suzlon. For phase A, the government chose a consortium led by Portugal's national utility that included German turbine maker Enercon, which is currently setting up to deliver 1200 MW. Phase B reportedly also includes an additional order for 200 MW, which went to short-listed bidder Novas Energias Ibéricas, a consortium which includes Spanish wind industry giants Iberdrola and Gamesa. The implementation period for phase B is slated for five years, starting from 2008. Aside from Repower, with a 1% stake, the companies in the Ventiveste consortium are all Portuguese. Galp Energia holds a 34% share, metal structures company Martifer (a previous Repower owner) has 33%, renewables company Enersis 30%, and Efacec, a manufacturer of electrical components, holds 2%. "Right from the beginning our partners in the consortium showed that they have confidence in the technology and efficient competence of Repower," says Repower's Fritz Vahrenholt. "Now, we will make all relevant provisions in order to further improve our position on the Portuguese market." Under the terms of the tender, Repower turbines are to be made in Portugal.

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