Asturias has finally approved the region's first three wind plant totalling 90 MW, though the finer details of construction licensing still need to be sealed (Windpower Monthly, March 2000). The first go-ahead went to small independent developer Northeolic for its 25 MW Pico Gallo project in Tineo, bordering Galicia, with an overall investment of ESP 3500 million (EUR 21 million). Northeolic has signed a letter of intent to buy 37, 660 kW machines from MADE -- the turbine manufacturing arm of utility Endesa -- despite its original plan to use 1.3 MW Nordex technology. The main reason for the switch was "to reduce the time scales," according to Enrique Álvarez-Uría of Northeolic's engineering consulting firm, Procinsa. The other two wind projects are at Sierra de Acebo (20.25 MW) and Allande (45 MW). Both belong to SINAE, the renewables arm of utility Hidrocantábrico. SINAE has 68 MW of wind capacity on-line in Spain -- 55 MW of which uses Gamesa 660 kW turbines, the same technology slated for use in Asturias.
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