March 26 (SeeNews) - After almost a decade of work the last of the 48 wind farms in the 1,335-MW Eolicas de Portugal (ENEOP) project has been completed.
An event was held on Tuesday by the ENEOP consortium to celebrate the conclusion of the project, which won a government auction back in 2006.
The ENEOP project shareholders are EDP Renovaveis (ELI:EDP), Portugal's Generg and Enel Green Power SpA (BIT:EGPW), with participation from Enercon GmbH of Germany. The project required investments of over EUR 1.6 billion (USD 1.7bn) for the 48 wind farms and EUR 223 million for the production of wind turbines.
Portugal's Environment Minister, Jorge Moreira da Silva, said at the event on Tuesday that projects such as ENEOP's will help the country become an important renewable electricity supplier to Europe, especially with the planned energy interconnection between member states.
On that same day, around 0500 in the morning, Portugal produced enough renewable power to meet the entire national consumption, according to local media. Data from national electricity grid operator REN (ELI:RENE) for March 24 shows that wind farms have produced 78.6 GWh, while demand was a bit over 140 GWh.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.099)