Gamesa and Iberdrola plan five wind turbine assembly plant with Portuguese partners

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Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa Eólica is teaming with its partial owner, utility Iberdrola, to build five wind turbine and component factories across Portugal in a consortium with four Portuguese firms. The combined annual production of the five factories is set to be around 300 MW of completed turbines. "With a portfolio of orders guaranteed for eight years from the beginning of operations [the five factories] would, predictably, export more than half of production," says the consortium, Nuevas Energías Ibéricas (NEI). The new venture has bid for projects under the Portuguese government's public tender to build 1700 MW of new wind capacity. NEI's decision to build local wind turbine assembly facilities comes in response to concerns expressed by the Portuguese government about being entirely reliant on imports of foreign wind turbines. The offer of local production is likely to make it a favourite in the running for contracts under the 1700 MW tender. The Portuguese companies involved in NEI are Visabeira, Mesquita, Meci and Galucho.

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