(Bloomberg) — Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA, Spain’s largest
wind-turbine producer, agreed to develop a 70-megawatt power
plant for Uruguay’s state utility.
The Valentines project owned by Areaflin, a unit of state-owned utility UTE, will use 35 2-megawatt turbines, the Zamudio,
Spain-based manufacturer said in a statement on its website
Tuesday. Terms weren’t disclosed.
The power plant is expected to open in the third quarter of
next year, and Gamesa will operate and maintain it for 15 years.
Gamesa has installed 150 megawatts of capacity in Uruguay and
secured contracts for an additional 170 megawatts, including
this order, according to the statement.
As much as 6.4 gigawatts of wind power may be installed
this year in Latin America, mainly by Brazil, Mexico and
Uruguay, according to a June 8 report by Amy Grace, lead wind-power analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. About 4.7
gigawatts was added last year in the region.
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