The first company to win a permit in Asturias was independent developer Northeolic this summer for a 25 MW plant, quickly followed by utility affiliated Sinae, with two plant totalling 60.25 MW (Windpower Monthly, August 2000). Terranova's approval for Asturias, together with initial approval of a wind plant in Catalonia (story above), mark the company's first incursions outside its stronghold region, Galicia, where it has 108 MW on-line.
The Asturias and Catalonia plant are also the first Terranova developments to use technology other than Bazán Bonus. MADE turbines are to be used in Catalonia, while negotiations are underway with Gamesa for Asturias. The 49.2 MW La Bobia y San Isidro development is part of Terranova's 105 MW strategic plan for Asturias region. The project was already a main contender -- together with Sinae's 208 MW plan and Northeolic's 160 MW plan -- when the regional government proclaimed its full-scale political commitment to wind earlier this year (Windpower Monthly, March 2000).
La Bobia y San Isidro is in the districts of Illano and Villanueva de Oscos at 1000 metres above sea level and will require an overall investment of ESP 7500 million (EUR 45.1 million). An expected production of 150 GWh/year will be turned out by 75, 660 kW turbines, whether or not the supply contract is finally awarded to Gamesa.