Thursday, March 24, 2011

Iberdrola Breaks Ground on World’s Largest Wind-Energy Complex in Romania

Iberdrola Renovables SA (IBR) began building a wind park in Romania, the first of about 50 the Spanish company plans there in a complex that would rank as the world’s largest installation of generators harnessing the wind.

The Valencia, Spain-based company will use turbines made by Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica SA for the 80-megawatt facility, it said today in a statement.

The unit of Spain’s Iberdrola SA (IBE) said the enlarged project would have a 1,500-megawatt capacity, or more power potential than an average atomic plant, should all 50 plants get built. The project is targeted to end in 2017.

The first 80-megawatt phase, known as Mihai Viteazu, is in the Constanta area of the Dobrogea region and is set to enter service by year-end, Iberdrola Renovables said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Todd White in Madrid at twhite2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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