UPDATE - Gamesa sells Italian wind parks to Electrabel
MADRID - Spanish wind power company Gamesa (GAM.MC) said on Monday it had reached a 200 million euro ($204.4 million) deal to sell wind parks in Italy to Belgian power group Electrabel (ELCBt.BR).
The Italian wind parks with a capacity of 175 megawatts will enter service between 2004 and 2006, boosting Electrabel\'s strategy of expanding outside its core Belgian market.
The parks will be constructed with generators using Gamesa technology, as the Spanish company pursues its strategy to move from operating wind parks to simply constructing and selling the parks to established utilities.
The agreement comes a month after Gamesa reached a deal with Electrabel, Europe\'s sixth biggest power utility by sales, to sell its wind parks in Portugal with a generating capacity of 252 megawatts for about 320 million euros.
Gamesa was one of the best performers on Madrid\'s Ibex-35 , adding 2.1 percent compared with a gain of only 1.0 percent for the index as a whole.
Electrabel, more than 40 percent owned by French utility giant Suez (LYOE.PA), is expanding in Europe to offset falling tariffs in Belgium as the government opens up the energy market to competition.
Electrabel is building a 220-million-euro, 100 MW wind park off the Belgian coast and runs two others inland.
Its shares slipped 1.1 percent to 235.30 euros, on the same morning it announced that it may buy European assets valued at around 4.5 billion euros from Suez.
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