Gamesa debuts in a new market with a deal to supply 50 MW of turbines to Abengoa

Spanish wind energy giant Gamesa is set to venture into a new market, having signed its first deal to supply wind turbines in Uruguay.
Gamesa debuts in a new market with a deal to supply 50 MW of turbines to Abengoa

The firm will deliver 25 of its G90-2.0 MW turbines to a 50-MW wind farm which Abengoa, via companies Teyma and Inabensa, is developing in Peralta, in the department of Tacuarembó.

Gamesa will produce the turbines this year at its manufacturing plants in the United States, with transport, assembly and start-up scheduled for 2013. Additionally, Gamesa will perform operation and maintenance (O&M) services on the machines for 20 years.

"This project is a new milestone for Gamesa: it heralds its entry into a new market, Uruguay, which offers appealing growth prospects, and marks our launch in a new country, just a year and a half after we began doing business in the Mercosur region," said Edgard Corrochano, Gamesa's Mercosur Commercial & Project Manager.

The 50 MW contract in Uruguay aside, Gamesa's orders during the first four months of the year totalled 186 MW in Brazil, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

On a related note, Gamesa will supply the turbines with which Iberdrola will upgrade its Carland Cross wind farm in England, as part of what will be the power company's first wind farm repowering project in the world.

As a result of this project, the United Kingdom's most veteran wind farm will be updated with new technology to enable it to generate more energy using fewer wind turbines.

Gamesa will deliver and install 10 of its state-of-the-art G80 turbines, each with capacity of 2 MW, which will replace the current 15 turbines, specifically the WD24 produced by Vestas, each with capacity of 0.4 MW.

Carland Cross, which began operating in 1992, is located 10 kilometres north of Truro in Cornwall in southwest England.

Iberdrola plans to disconnect this wind farm shortly and aims to reconnect it to the grid, following the 30-million-euro repowering project, at the end of this year.

The site's installed capacity, when it reaches 20 MW, will enable the power company to supply renewable energy to more than 11,000 households in England and prevent atmospheric emissions of around 52,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

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