Iberdrola extends Hungarian wind capacity

HUNGARY: Spain's Iberdrola Renovables, the world's top wind operator, has consolidated its lead in Hungary with the connection of its 38MW Csoma I wind plant.

The plant, which is located outside the northern city of Komárom, comprises 19, Gamesa 2 MW turbines.

At the same time, the company reveals it is building a further three wind stations across the country totalling 70MW—namely Csoma II (8MW), Amundsen (26MW) and Scott (36MW).

Once these projects are completed, Iberdrola’s wind capacity in Hungary will reach 158MW, nearly 50% of the 317MW current up and building. The company already operates the 50MW Kisigmand plant, which it claims to be the country’s biggest to date.

Spanish ownership of Hungarian wind capacity, online and building, tops 65%. This includes two plants, totalling 54MW, belonging to Iberdrola’s domestic competitor Renovalia.

The Hungarian projects are part of Iberdrola Renovable’s ongoing international expansion, with a strong emphasis on Eastern Europe, where it claims a project pipeline of 4.5GW.

The company already operates 160MW in Poland and is also developing in Estonia, Bulgaria and Rumania. In Rumania, Iberdrola is developing the 1.5GW Dobrogea wind complex in Constanza,  which the company claims has already landed grid permits.

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