5 January 2018 2018 09:15 AM GMT

Nordex Benefiting Increasingly From Renaissance Of Spanish Wind Energy Market

The Nordex Group is benefiting increasingly from the renaissance of the Spanish wind energy market: utility Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables (GNFR) has now ordered 58 AW132/3300 from the company in December. The contract covers the installation of six wind farms as well as multi-year services for the turbines.

Construction of the first turbines will commence in the summer of 2018. All projects are located in regions of Spain where the Nordex Group has manufacturing facilities. In addition, the towers will be produced locally using the process developed by the Nordex Group. The awards for the projects were gained by GNFR under a tendering process in 2016 and 2017, in which the company was among the most successful participants.  More than 8GW of renewable energy projects — including more than 4.5GW of wind were allocated through these tender processes.

Nordex had already won its first repowering project in Spain, in December, when it secured a contract to remove 90 330KW turbines at the El  Cabrito project in Andalucía, southern Spain; and to replace them with eight 3MW and four 1.5MW turbines. In addition, just a month after completing a merger with Spanish OEM Acciona in April, Nordex powered up Spain’s first grid-connected hybrid project.

“The Spanish market is regaining momentum after a protracted lull, with international key accounts such as Gas Natural Fenosa holding key strategic significance for us,” says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of Nordex SE.

The Group has installed wind power capacity of around 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has more than 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 – 4.5 MW class addressing the requirements of a wide range of markets. It is represented with offices and subsidiaries in more than 20 countries. consistently seizing development opportunities in a market that is forecasted for continued growth during the next few years.

Photo: Courtesy of Nordex SE

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