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Gamesa, Globeleq building 44-MW wind project in Nicaragua

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is set to deliver and install turbines for a 44-megawatt wind farm in the Central American country of Nicaragua.

The contract to build, deliver and install 22 "G90" wind turbines for Eolo de Nicaragua, S.A. Eolo de Nicaragua is owned by Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (Wind) Limited. This is Gamesa's first wind contract in Nicaragua.

The project will rise in the province of Rivas on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, about 125 kilometers south from the capital of Managua.

Civil construction works on the site have already begun and testing and operation of the turbines is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2013.

As part of the contract, Gamesa will develop the infrastructure for the project's construction and operation and will provide operation and maintenance services to the wind farm for 10 years.

Power from the project will be sold through two 20-year power purchase agreements to the privately owned Distribuidora Electricidad de Sur S.A. and Distribuidora Electricidad de Norte S.A., both subsidiaries of Gas Natural of Spain.

The project is also in the final stages of its submission as a Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto protocol.

Currently, Nicaragua has only one installed wind farm, with a capacity of 63 MW. The country is considered a promising emerging wind market with two more farms set to begin operations by the end of this year for another 83.6 MW.

The Eolo project marks the second contract between Gamesa and Globeleq for wind power in Central America, after completing the 102-MW Cerro de Hula project in Honduras (See related story). – EcoSeed Staff

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