Gamesa lands its largest Italian order

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Spanish wind turbine producer Gamesa has bolstered its position in the Italian market with an agreement to sell 195 of its 850 kW turbines to utility ENEL. The contract, which will allow ENEL to increase its wind capacity in Italy by 166 MW in the 2007 to 2009 period, is worth about EUR 138 million. The deal is the largest sealed ever in Italy by Gamesa and follows a previous 2002 framework agreement for Gamesa to provide ENEL with 188 MW of its turbines. Gamesa had a particularly strong showing in 2006 in Italy, surpassing Germany's Enercon to take second place behind Vestas for cumulative MW of turbines installed in the country. ENEL currently has about 300 MW in installed capacity in Italy, but has said that it sees stronger growth possibilities in the wind business outside of the country (Windpower Monthly, November 2006).

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