Second contract for Siemens wind turbine technology in Spain

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The producer of Siemens wind turbines in Spain, Navantia (formerly Izar), has landed a EUR 140 million contract to supply 150, 1.3 MW machines destined for Galicia. The customer is Eurovento, a 50:50 joint venture between Spain's Corporación Eólica (CESA) and Japan's Eurus. The deal comes on the heels of a 50 MW order received by Navantia in February from Italian utility ENEL and marks the second contract for Siemens technology in Spain since the company took over Danish turbine maker Bonus in October. Less than 4% of the Spanish wind turbine fleet has been supplied by Navantia to date. Under the Eurovento contract, 74 turbines will start going up in August at four sites in Lugo province in the north of Galicia, says Eurovento's Manuel Pazo. The remainder is scheduled for delivery in March 2006 at two sites on the border of the provinces of Orense and Pontevedra. CESA recently entered Galicia's wind market after merging with Terranova -- the former owner of Eurovento's Spanish half -- in February. The merged company, called CESA, is now Spain's fourth largest wind operator with over 800 MW online and a development portfolio of 5000 MW. Prior to the merger, CESA had bought most of its turbines from Spain's Gamesa Eólica, though it is said to have a pre-merger turbine agreement with Vestas of Denmark to supply turbines for development in Greece.

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