• The technology companies will supply a total of 25 wind turbines with a total of 65 MW of power

Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables has awarded the technology companies Enercon and Siemens the sourcing of 25 wind turbines to be installed in wind farms that are being developed in the Canary Islands under the Ministry of Energy quota. The energy multinational was the company with the largest stake in the quota, with a total of 13 installations on Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura with 65 megawatts (MW) of power.

Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables carried out a bidding procedure for the sourcing of the wind turbines and for their operation and future maintenance. It awarded the work to Enercon, which will supply 16 wind turbines (37 MW) for 10 projects, and to Siemens, which will supply nine wind turbines (28 MW) for the three remaining projects.

Different wind turbine models will be installed in the various wind farms, with power varying between 2 and 3.2 MW and rotor diameters between 70 and 113 metres. These models incorporate the latest technologies and innovations for this type of machinery, some of which have never been installed on the archipelago. They are specifically designed to operate on isolated electricity systems like those of the Canary Islands.

Once they are up and running, the wind farms will be integrated, via different computer and telecommunications systems, into Gas Natural Fenosa Renovable's Operation and Energy Management Office. This will allow them to be remotely operated and for advanced prediction and participation models in the different energy markets to be applied in order to optimise safe operation and placement of all the energy produced throughout their lifetime.

Construction of the wind farms

Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables has begun construction on the first five wind farms, located in the municipality of Agüimes on Gran Canaria: La Vaquería, Montaña Perros, Triquivijate, Doramas and Haría. The wind farms will create around 175 direct jobs during the construction stage.

The projects registered by Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables reflect an associated investment of close to 100 million euros. These infrastructure projects will help reduce the emission of gaseous pollutants in the Canary Islands by three million tonnes and will enable savings of 345 million euros in the cost of electricity production over the 20-year average lifespan for this type of facility.

Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables

Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables currently has an operational installed capacity of 1,147 MW in Spain, of which 979 MW are wind farms, 110 MW are mini hydropower plants, 57 MW are co-generation power plants, and 1 MW are photovoltaic power plants.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 29 December 2016.