Sowitec confirms interest in new UTE wind tender

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

German renewable energy firm Sowitec will participate in the upcoming tender for 150MW capacity of wind power projects announced earlier this week by Uruguay's state power company UTE, a company spokesman told BNamericas.

Tentative details of the new tender were released, with firms invited to submit bids for proposed wind farms of between 30MW and 50MW in capacity.

The deadline for bids will most likely be the end of April, although a firm date for the closure of the tender has yet to be set.

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Sowitec submitted bids for two wind farm projects as part UTE's previous tender for 150MW of new wind capacity, with combined investment slated to hit US$80mn-90mn.

The state company received 22 bids from 15 firms through the tender, which closed in July. Participants are to present secondary presentations next week, a UTE spokesperson informed BNamericas.

The tenders form part of the company's drive to add 300MW of wind capacity by 2015, when UTE expects 50% of its power capacity to come from renewable sources.