Five off-shore wind plant totalling 200 MW have been proposed for sites off the coast of Tarifa by Energías Hidroeléctricas de Navarra (EHN), Spain's largest wind developer. The same sites, however, are also the subject of an application by Fronterwind and have been opened for tender by the coastal authorities, confirms EHN's Jose Arrieta. EHN's plans are for 100, 2 MW turbines between eight and 15 kilometres off the coast. Each 60 metre tower will be installed on a four metre diameter platform with 15 metre clearance from the sea. Depths in the area average 30 metres. Vehement opposition is being registered by local environmentalists and fishing collectives, but Arrieta insists the project includes extensive environmental studies. He adds that if efforts to minimise impact are not sufficient, the company is prepared to negotiate compensation for negatively affected parties. Fronterwind is an affiliate of Switzerland-based Nek Umwelt-Technik, according to the El Pais newspaper.
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