Acciona gets 252MW Mexico deal

Spain’s Acciona has secured a deal to build, equip and operate two wind farms in Mexico with a total capacity of 252MW.

The contract was awarded by Fisterra Energy, which is majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone, the US private equity group, and Cemex, the Mexico-based global cement giant.

Acciona will start EPC work at the Ventika 1 and 2 plants later this year in the municipality of General Bravo, Nuevo Leon state.

The wind farms will need a total investment of $650m, Acciona said.

They will use 84 of Acciona Windpower’s AW/116 3000 3MW turbines, with commercial operation likely by Q2 2016. Acciona will then provide O&M services for 20 years.

The deal is a big boost for Acciona in one of the world’s wind power hotspots.

Installed wind capacity in Mexico ended 2013 at 1.9GW, up 600MW, or almost 50% in one year, according to figures from the Global Wind Energy Council.

Acciona said it expects to sign deals for 615MW of the AW/116 3000 this year, including the Mexico order and 363MW currently under negotiation for wind farms in Brazil.