April 10 (Renewables Now) - SICA Metalurgica Argentina and two Spanish partners will set up wind tower manufacturing capacity in the city of Esperanza under a commercial and industrial agreement signed last week.
SICA, TecnoAranda SL and Haizea Wind aim to start producing towers for wind turbines at the end of this year, with an annual capacity of 130 pieces, Esperanza Día por Día reports. Production can be expanded to 200 towers per year if there is sufficient demand.
The facility, located on SICA premises, will produce towers for the Argentine and South American markets. According to figures by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Latin America and the Caribbean installed over 3 GW of wind power capacity last year, reaching 15.3 GW in total. Argentina has a tiny share of that, with just 279 MW of wind power capacity at the end of 2016, but the RenovAr tenders are changing the picture. Contracts for nearly 1.5 GW of wind power capacity have been awarded and a third auction is expected this year.
In February it was announced that Haizea Wind will also build in Bilbao, northern Spain, a wind tower plant to serve the European offshore wind industry. The facility on Dock AZ2 of the Port of Bilbao is expected to start production in the first quarter of 2018.