Conditional permission given to three wind farms securing protected areas

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Portugal's environment ministry has issued conditional permission for the construction of three wind farms being developed by ENEOP2-Exploração de Parques Eólicos, a consortium made up of Enernova, Enercon, Generg, Finerge and TP. The group won a government concession to develop the central Portuguese sites, but they must now guarantee that access to the 22 MW Balocas wind farm will not obscure natural scenery and that environmentally protected areas will not be disturbed. Forecast annual electricity production will be 54.1 GWh at the 20 MW Pedras Lavradas II wind farm of ten turbines; 60.6 GWh at the Balocas project of 11 turbines; and 21.9 GWh at the 10 MW Sra das Necessidades project of five turbines. Enercon seems a likely contender as turbine supplier. Construction of the wind farms, located in the districts of Covilhã, Seia, Arganil and Oliveira do Hospital, is slated to cost about EUR 70 million. ENEOP2 is building 22 wind farms in Portugal with a total capacity of 486 MW, at an estimated cost of EUR 619 million. The consortium has secured up to EUR 300 million in funding from the European Investment Bank.

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