The south of Spain is to get another wind farm. Danish firm Nordtank is starting work on installation of 12, 500 kW turbines at Tarifa. The project is expected to be ready for commissioning by February, reports the company's Alex Olesen. The power plant is being developed for Planta Eolica Europa SA, a company owned 42% by Nordtank, 42% by Danish utility subsidiary, Elsam Projekt, and 16% by Spanish utility Sevillana, which also has a stake in the recently completed 30 MW wind farm by California company, Kenetech. As part of the siting permission for the project, Nordtank must study bird behaviour around the wind farm and report any incidents, but Olesen firmly believes that the use of tubular towers will avoid the problems seen on earlier developments at Tarifa. The project has been delayed some 18 months, but Olesen explains this was due to negotiations about financing and was not connected with the uproar about the impact of Tarifa's existing wind farms on migrating birds and their habitat. The project was granted funding from the European Union's Thermie energy technology programme in 1992, he says.
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