Vestas announces third manufacturing facility as well as 30 MW contract

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Vestas hit a double in Spain last month with announcements both of a new turbine manufacturing facility -- the company's third in the country -- and a 30 MW turnkey contract. Vestas' boss in Spain, Ebbe Funk, says the company has already bought a 25,000 square metre plot in the new industrial estate of Villadangos in the province of León, Castile and León region and that a start to building work is imminent. The EUR 10 million factory should be operational towards summer 2006 with the capacity turn out of 300 MW of the V90 2 MW turbine each year for projects in and around Castile and León, one of Spain's leading wind regions. Villadangos will be Vestas' first turbine facility in the region, though it owns another factory there, in the district of Ólvega, which has been producing electronic control panels for wind stations since 2003. Vestas has two other turbine assembly facilities in Spain: one in Galicia and the other in Aragón. Meanwhile, the turnkey contract is for the 30 MW Mellen project in Aragón. Vestas will supply and install 15, 2 MW machines and will take charge of plant maintenance over the first five years. The customer is a consortium made up of Danish power group Energi E2, regional engineering consultant Veinco, and the Samper textiles group. It is Vestas' tenth Spanish order since the beginning of 2004 when the company re-entered Spain through its takeover of turbine manufacturer NEG Micon. Until 2001, Vestas' Spanish presence was through a technology transfer agreement with Gamesa Eólica before the two partners went their separate ways. Gamesa sat on 60% of the Spanish wind market last year. Vestas' ten orders for around 350 MW are the equivalent of 21% of 2004's Spanish wind market.

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