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It seems Portugal will become a big wind power manufacturer.

The industrial wind cluster, together with the wind farms to be developed by ENEOP, will have a considerable impact on both the region and the country's economy.

  •    Investment of EUR 200 million.
  •    Creation of 2,000 direct jobs at the new industrial units; several thousand indirect jobs related to building
      and operating the wind farms or supplying raw material.
  •    The main industrial estate will account for 2.5% of regional GDP (Minho-Lima).
  •    GVA generated annually by the cluster: EUR 116 million in cruising year.
  •    Positive effect on the trade balance:
           * Increase in exports:
                         More than 60% of what is generated will be exported.
           * Decrease in imports of wind components:
                         National incorporation will be from the current 20% to practically 100%


Viana do Castelo will be host to an industrial complex of excellence made up of:

  - 5 ENERCON Group factories for the complete manufacturing, in Portugal, of a new model of E-82 wind turbines as well as components for other models. These will make up the most advanced industrial units of the Enercon Group, designed to be adapted ad continuum for the manufacturing of new, more advanced wind turbines for future generations.

         * 2 Rotor blade factories
         * Synchronous generator factory
         * Mechatronics factory (electric modules and nacelles)
         * Concrete tower factory

   - It also features a logistics and transport center and a service and maintenance center for wind turbines.
   - A focus on R&D and technology transfer                    
   - A new vocational training center in Viana do Castelo
   - A new R&D center and partnerships with Portuguese universities

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by Starvid on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 03:02:13 PM EST
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