Portuguese cities join to build 12 wind farms

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Six cities of the Vale do Minho in Portugal have pooled resources to build 12 wind farms with a combined installed capacity of 150 MW. The contract to build the projects has been won by Eolica da Cabreira (a subsidiary of the French firm SIIF-Energies) in partnership with Finerge, a subsidiary of Somague, a Portuguese construction and engineering group. Eolica de Cabreira is currently building a 36 MW wind farm in Sierra de Montemuro in the mountains north of Oporto, which is due to be finished next year. The supplier of the 20 1.8 MW turbines will probably be German Enercon, which specialises in a range of wind turbines without gear boxes. Britain's Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is involved is building a 10 MW project, the Malhadas-Goif wind farm, in the Coimbra district of central Portugal. It will consist of 15 Vestas 660 kW turbines. A second RES Portuguese project in the same area, for 95 MW, is going through the licensing procedures. Construction is due to start on this during 2002. To date, Portugal has around 100 MW of wind plant installed, which will be nearly quadrupled by these four projects alone.

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