Portugal's new government has issued an invitation to the wind industry to tender for development of 1100 MW of wind plant at over 50 sites across Portugal. The long awaited tender was prepared by the former centre-right coalition government, with the aim of creating a national turbine manufacturing industry. Its publication by the recently elected left wing government, headed by the Partido Socialista, confirms continuity in Portugal's wind power policy. The tender is split into two parts. The first calls for bids to develop three concessions, each of 300 MW. Prospective developers must link their projects to industrial investment plans in the country by pledging to buy turbines and/or turbine components locally. Up to now, all turbine technology has been imported. In anticipation of these requirements, manufacturers and developers have long since formed partnerships and the tender will be hotly contested (Windpower Monthly, March 2005). The second part consists of ten separate invitations to tender for supply of projects, each of 20 MW, with no special industrial conditions attached. Combined with the 1270 MW online or building and further grid concessions for projects totalling 1900 MW, Portugal is now committed to developing at least 4300 MW of wind power by 2013, which is the absolute deadline for completing projects under the tender.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol