Four consortia apply for wind farm tender in Portugal

2 March 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 02 March – Four consortia have presented applications for the public tender of up to 1,500 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, Directorate General for Geology and Energy (DGGE) official Manuela Foinseca, said Tuesday in Lisbon.

The four consortia are led by Portugal’s EDP-Energias de Portugal, Galp Energia, Spain’s Iberdrola-Gamesa and ENEL-Unión Fenosa, respectively.

The EDP consortium includes TP-Termoeléctrica Portuguesa – owned by Sonae and Endesa -, Generg owned by Electrabel, Finerge by Endesa, SIIF owned by French electricity company EDF and Enercom.

Galp Energia is leading another group, which includes Martifer, Babcock & Brown’s Enersis, Efacec and Repower Portugal, Repower Systems and turbine blade factory Power Blades.

The consortium led by Iberdrola-Gamesa includes Visabeira, Alberto Mesquita, MECI and Galucho.

ENEL/Unión Fenosa is leading a group which includes WPB, Suzlon Energy IAS and Enervento.

This is one of the European Union’s largest wind energy tenders and, according to figures from the EWEA-European Wind Energy Association, accounts for around a quarter of all new capacity installed in 2006, in the 25 member states.

The Portuguese government estimates that by 2010 investment in wind farms will total 3.8 billion euros. (macauhub)