Spanish foothold in Neuquen

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Spanish engineering and construction company Elecnor expects to finish wind studies by year-end for the installation of 10 MW of wind plant in Neuquen province, says Elecnor's Joaquin Gandarias Torres. The 10 MW is to be the first phase of a more ambitious agreement Elecnor has with the provincial government to provide 600-800 MW of wind power over the next 10-12 years. "For that to happen depends on a lot of factors," Gandarias acknowledges. Construction will start once Elecnor signs power purchase agreements with local distributor Epen and secures permits and licenses with the relevant Argentine authorities, Gandarias says, conceding that construction will not start this year. Power generated would initially supply the local market and is not part of a broader rural electrification scheme, he adds (Windpower Monthly, July 2000). Further south in Argentina, Elecnor will this year complete wind monitoring for the installation of 14 turbines that will generate some 10-12 MW in Puerto Madryn. In both projects, Elecnor is working with Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Ecotècnia.

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