EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewables arm of state-run utility Eléctricité de France (EDF), has secured 140, 2 MW turbines from Germany's Repower in a long term agreement based on a similar deal in 2004. That deal resulted in the sale of 45 turbines, 11 in France and 34 in Britain. Under the new agreement, the turbines will be distributed among 12 projects in the key markets of France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Italy and Portugal scheduled for 2007 and 2008. Beyond 2008, Repower CEO Fritz Vahrenholt says the two companies envisage expanding into Eastern and Southern Europe as part of their strategic partnership. Meantime, the first turbines are slated for a 16 MW plant at Luc-sur-Orbieu in southwest France, and the 26 MW Bicker installation in Lincolnshire, in Britain. "EDF Energies Nouvelles wished to enter a framework agreement because it has accelerated its strategy of growth in Europe and has a clearer idea of its turbine requirements," says the company's Jean-Pierre Seresclat. EDF Energies Nouvelles is targeting construction of 2000-3000 MW of wind power by 2010 and is holding talks with other suppliers for more turbines.
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