ACCIONA Energía recently held an inauguration ceremony for the Ventika wind-power complex in Nuevo León, Mexico. With a capacity of 252 MW, it is currently the largest ever built by ACCIONA for a client.
The Ventika project consists of eighty-four AW116/3000 wind turbines of Nordex/ACCIONA Windpower technology. With a nominal capacity of 3 MW, each turbine has a 116-meter diameter rotor installed on a 120-m (hub height) concrete tower.
ACCIONA carried out the engineering, construction, and supply of the wind turbines for the complex, and it will undertake its operations and maintenance for 20 years. The project was completed ahead of schedule and received two CEMEX construction prizes for its innovative nature and excellence in construction.
One innovative feature entailed using concrete towers for the first time in the Mexican wind-power sector. The 1,848 sections of the turbine towers were assembled at a plant near Monterrey. The project also required more than 388 km of underground cables to carry the generated power, and 54 km of access tracks to the turbines.
The inauguration was presided over by President Enrique Peña Nieto. Jerónimo Gerard, a member of ACCIONA’s Board of Directors, and Rafael Mateo, ACCIONA Energía CEO, also attended the event.
Located in the municipality of General Bravo, the wind project was built under an EPC contract for a group of investors, including Blackstone Energy Partners, Fisterra Energy and CEMEX. The consortium recently agreed to sell Ventika to Mexico’s IEnova, part of the U.S. energy group Sempra.
An average of 420 people was employed during the construction of the complex, with peaks of up to 850 people at times of intense activity.
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