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Gamesa has entered into an agreement with ScottishPower Renewables, Iberdrola’s UK subsidiary, for the supply of 239 MW at the Kilgallioch wind farm being developed in southern Scotland. The company will also provide the facility’s O&M services under a five-year agreement.

Gamesa will handle the supply, transportation, installation and commissioning of 94 of its G114-2.5 MW turbines and two of its G90-2.0 MW turbines at this facility, located between the Scottish councils of South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Delivery of the turbines is expected to begin in February 2016 and the wind farm’s construction is slated for completion during the first quarter of 2017.

The agreement was signed yesterday in Glasgow in the presence of Ricardo Chocarro, CEO of Europe & RoW, Enrique Pedrosa, Commercial Managing Director, and Thomas Connell, O&M Director EMEA, representing Gamesa and, from ScottishPower Renewables, Keith Anderson, the company’s CEO, and Roy Scott, CFO.

“This milestone agreement with ScottishPower Renewables evidences the success of our commercial strategy in northern Europe, one of Gamesa’s priority markets, and demonstrates the credibility garnered by our new products – which offer market-leading efficiency and profitability – in the eyes of our customers”, stressed Ricardo Chocarro, Gamesa’s CEO for Europe & RoW. The company has been present in the UK, where it has installed and maintains over 450 MW, since 2005.

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Renewables CEO, said: “Kilgallioch windfarm will become our second largest windfarm in the UK and this year marks a real milestone as we approach 2 GW of installed onshore wind capacity – enough to power up to nearly 2 million homes. We are delighted to reach this agreement with Gamesa, and we look forward to work commencing on the site next month.”

Gamesa G114-2.5 MW

The G114-2.5 MW, designed for class II wind speed sites, comes with a longer blade and increased nominal capacity of 2.5 MW in order to maximise efficiency and profitability while reducing the cost of energy in the 2.0-3.0 MW segment. As a result, this new turbine produces 29% more power than the G97-2.0 MW model, while lowering the cost of energy by 10%.

The contract secured with ScottishPower Renewables marks the largest order placed for the G114-2.5 MW to date and comes on the heels of the agreements signed with international investor group and infrastructure manager John Laing (15.75 MW) and developers EDF and Eneco (17.5 MW).

The new G114-2.5 MW turbine is underpinned by proven technology, validated in the Gamesa 2.0-2.5 MW platform, one of the most reliable in the market, having been installed in 33 countries (cumulative installed capacity: 18.6 GW). With the prototype successfully installed at the firm’s R&D facility in Alaiz (Navarra, Spain), the company expects to secure type certification during the last quarter of this year.

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Gamesa has signed a new contract1 for the turnkey construction of the Gulf of El Zayt wind farm on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, where it will install 110 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines (220 MW). This project, which was awarded by the NREA (New & Renewable Energy Authority) by means of an international tender, will receive public financing from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Under the scope of the agreement, Gamesa will handle the supply, installation and commissioning of a total of 110 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines, starting in September 2015. The reliability and adaptability of this robust turbine make it ideal for the desert land, corrosive atmosphere and high temperatures typical of the Egyptian market.

The company will also handle construction of the civil engineering and electric infrastructure needed to install and operate the facility and will provide operations and maintenance services for three years. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned during the second half of 2017.

Gamesa entered the Egyptian market in 2004 when it won its first turbine supply contract, specifically for the Zafarana wind farm. Since then, the company has installed more than 600 MW in this market and services nearly 500 MW under O&M agreements. Egypt, which boasts excellent wind resources, is aiming to cover 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, which would mean an increase in installed capacity from just under 700 MW today to 7.2 GW. Besides Egypt, Gamesa is present in other African countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and Kenya, in its capacity as turbine supplier and installer and wind farm O&M service provider. The company is the leading OEM in Africa, where it has installed 1,110 MW and maintains close to 900 MW.

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