The Company has begun construction of Mihai Viteazu wind farm of 80 megawatts (MW), which will become operational later this year and will be the first of the company’s in this country. This is the first phase of the Dobrogea wind farm, which includes commissioning of 50 wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,500 MW.
Iberdrola Renovables now is the market leader in Eastern Europe, with projects in Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Bulgaria. Iberdrola Renovables, the world leader in wind power, has begun construction of Mihai Viteazu wind farm in Romania, 80 megawatts (MW) of power. This facility will be the first infrastructure by the company in Romania and will be located in the district of Constanta, in the Dobrogea region, southeast of Romania.
Mihai Viteazu park will be built with technology from Gamesa, with 40 wind turbines of 2 MW each and will be operational later this year. In addition, construction will be developed by Iberdrola. This installation will represent the first phase of implementation of the Dobrogea wind farm, the most important project on renewable energy developed in the world to date.
This ambitious initiative will include the commissioning of 50 wind turbines, which can add 1,500 MW of power. The Company intends to build these facilities between 2011 and 2017. The strength of this wind farm will allow the company to generate enough power in Romania to supply electricity to about one million households, equivalent to the population of the country’s capital, Bucharest, also avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of 1,25 million tons of CO2.
Iberdrola Renovables has signed with the Romanian network operator (Transelectrica) the agreement establishing the conditions for connection to a national grid of 1,500 MW of this project, and the connection agreement for the first phase of 600 MW. This means access to wind power as higher-volume network to date in Europe.
Iberdrola Renovables is conducting all its activities in Romania with Dobrogea Wind SRL-owned by the Swiss engineering group NEK Umwelttechnik AG and two Romanian companies C-Tech Srl and Rokuro Srl. Dobrogea Wind, a pioneer in his country in the development of renewable projects, is responsible for promoting the same-planning and obtaining construction permits-while Iberdrola Renovableses responsible for the construction and operation of wind farms.
The company opened its office in Bucharest in 2009 in order to further strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe, where it already has wind farms operating in Poland (161 MW) and Hungary (158 MW) and encourages other projects in Estonia and Bulgaria, which has become the industry leaders in the Eastern Europe.
Iberdrola Renovables, present in 23 countries, has been the company that has built more renewable power in the world in 2010 after implementing 1,780 MW. This figure has allowed us to strengthen its global leadership in the renewable energy sector, which is a leader in wind power capacity to 12,532 MW at the end of 2010, and production, thanks to 25,400 gigawatt hours (GWh) produced last year.