Projects in Navarra and Tarragona

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Spanish wind plant developer and wind turbine manufacturer Ecotècnia says that next month it will be connecting its first commercially produced 600 kW turbine to the grid. The turbine, prototypes of which have been on trial at the company's test bench in Tarifa in southern Spain since 1996, will be located in the San Gregorio and Serralta wind farms in the north central region of Navarra.

Ecotècnia says 50 of its 600 kW model are due for installation in the two wind farms, bringing the company's installed capacity in Navarra to 30 MW. Ecotècnia's inroads into Navarra have caught the rest of the Spanish wind business unawares. It had generally accepted that wind development in Navarra was the exclusive domain of Gamesa Eolica of the powerful BBV banking group.

On its own turf, Barcelona based Ecotècnia has finally been given the go-ahead to develop a 30 MW wind farm within the boundaries of the Pradell de la Teixeta l'Argentera and La Torre de Fontaubella municipalities in the Catalan province of Tarragona, just south of Barcelona. The project will comprise 66, 225 kW turbines and 25 of Ecotècnia's new 600 kW unit.

Construction has been delayed for four years, almost since permission to build the project was applied for by Ecotècnia. The hurdle was a pair of rare eagles, which nested in the vicinity of the planned wind farm. A study by the Biological Station of the Donana, one of the country's most prestigious nature research centres, has since been carried out and work is to commence on the project, which will be completed by June.

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