Galicia and Andalucia projects

A five year old business plan to develop 128 MW in the wind rich region of Galicia has at last won approval. The plan's developer and future wind plant operator, Enerfin, expects to begin construction by the beginning of 2003. The company also confirms final permits for a 54 MW joint venture in Spain's windiest district of Tarifa in Andalucia. Both developments -- Faro-Farelo in Galicia and Posada de Tejeda y La Herreria in Tarifa -- will use Ecotècnia 1.6 MW turbines.

The two projects will keep Enerfin among Spain's wind sector heavyweights. Although it maintains a low profile, Enerfin -- part of Spain's industrial group Elecnor -- is currently behind 250 MW of operating wind plant, over 150 MW in joint ventures. Most recently it has completed 100 MW at Paramo de Poza in Burgos province, Castile and León, using 133 Ecotècnia 750 kW turbines. The company also has a 50% share in 608 MW of planned development in Valencia using Enercon 2 MW machines.

The Faro-Farelo turbines will be perched at about 1000 metres above sea level weaving either side of the border between Pontevedra and Lugo on the brow of rolling hills. The lengthy processing is due to the need to clinch agreements with the regional environment department, local town halls and over 100 private land lease deals, says Enerfin boss Guillermo Planas Roca. Enerfin also has an agreement with electricity distributor Union Fenosa to upgrade the distribution network, including substations and power lines.

The 54 MW Tarifa project is being developed by Aeorsur, a joint venture between Enerfin (80%) and Ecotècnia (20%). This project has also spent years in the wings, mainly due to grid restrictions. Permission to go-ahead came in February last year when five developers, including Aerosur, agreed to invest a combined EUR 6 million in grid improvements for a total of 505 MW (Windpower Monthly, March 2001).

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