Elicio completes construction of Serbia's Malibunar wind farm - energy min
Malibunar wind farm; Source: Elicio
BELGRADE (Serbia), October 19 (SeeNews) – Serbia's energy ministry said Belgian renewable energy group Elicio has completed the construction of the 8 MW Malibunar wind farm in northern Serbia.
Elicio plans to start operating the wind farm under a trial mode in November and to launch electricity production at full capacity in the beginning of next year, the energy ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Belgian company invested 14 million euro ($16.5 million) in the construction of the wind farm and 9.8 million euro of the financing was ensured through a loan from Italian lender UniCredit, the ministry said.
The Malibunar wind farm, comprising four Senvion M-100 type turbines, will produce enough energy to satisfy the demand of 7,200 households and offset 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
Elicio also started officially the construction of the 42 MW Alibunar wind farm, located close to Malibunar, which will be co-financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The construction of Alibunar will be completed in 2018, the energy ministry said.
The Alibunar wind farm will consist of 21 turbines, each with a nominal power of 2.0 MW, that will develop their maximum output at a wind speed of 11m/s. Underground 33kV cables are planned to connect the turbines to the medium voltage network at a 33kV station and through a 33/110kV transformer specially built for the wind farm.
During a presentation of the two projects in February the Belgian company said that the investment in Alibunar will stand at 72.64 million euro.