Spain's Iberdrola builds giant wind park in Romania

23rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish power giant Iberdrola said Wednesday it had started building what it described as the "world's largest wind power complex" in Romania.

The 80-MW Mihai Viteazu wind farm, the group's first in Romania, is slated to come on stream by year-end.

"This facility marks phase one in the construction of the Dobrogea wind Complex, the most ambitious renewable energy project in the world to date," Iberdrola Renovables, the group's renewable energy arm, said in a statement.

Th3 project, in the southeastern region of Dobrogea and due for completion in 2017, will have total capacity when finished of 1,500 MW.

Total investment is expected to top two billion euros.

The farm will generate enough power to supply around one million households, while curbing annual CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tonnes, the company said.

Last year, Czech group CEZ started operating the first turbines of its 600-MW wind energy farm in Romania.

Romania enjoys a privileged position on Europe's wind map, with a potential estimated at 14,000 MW but the current installed capacity stands at less than 500 MW.

© 2011 AFP

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