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Spanish developer CESA makes surprise turbine choice for project in Greece

Spain's fourth largest wind operator, Corporación Eólica SA (CESA), has picked 41, Vestas 850 kW turbines for its first overseas project to enter construction, a 34.8 MW project near the town of Patras in Greece's Peloponnese region. The developer is Eoliki Panachaikou, a consortium led by CESA. The turbine order is part of a turnkey contract with Vestas and includes a five year warranty and maintenance agreement. Commissioning is scheduled for the first quarter of 2006. CESA has a 5000 MW wind development portfolio in Spain and internationally. Until now, apart from one project acquisition in Spain, CESA has gone exclusively with turbine technology from Spain's Gamesa Eólica, with which the company has strong links: CESA boss Juan Luis Arregui is one of the founding directors of Gamesa. CESA's communications department says the company chose Vestas for the Greek project "simply because that option offered the best technical and economic conditions." CESA declines to comments further on the order.

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