March 27 (Renewables Now) - Spanish power and gas utility Naturgy Energy Group SA (BME:NTGY) has secured a licence and a construction permit for the 42-MW Picato wind farm in Spain’s northern region of Galicia.
The EUR-33.9-million (USD 37.2m) project, located in Lugo province, is promoted by Naturgy Renovables SLU. According to the regional government’s resolution published in Galicia’s official gazette, the wind farm will feature 13 units of Vestas turbines - three machines of 3.0 MW and 10 of 3.3 MW.
Naturgy has also secured the rights to connect the Picato wind farm to the grid.
The project has a long history, the resolution shows. The Galician government first admitted paperwork for Picato in early 2007. The project was then promoted by Enel Union Fenosa Renovables SA, a joint venture (JV) between Enel Green Power Espana and Gas Natural Fenosa, the brand under which Naturgy operated until the name change in 2018.
In the next four years, the Picato project was undergoing the usual administrative procedure - public consultations were held and the environmental impact statement was being scrutinised over zoning and heritage concerns.
In early 2011, the JV was dissolved and Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables SL took over the project and continued the process before the Galician authorities.
With the passing of time, the wind technology changed and in 2018, Gas Natural filed for a permit to redesign the wind farm and drop eight of a total of 21 turbines initially planned.
In late 2019, Naturgy Renovables SLU inherited the project rights and decided on the make, model and the final number of wind turbines.
Once the turbines start spinning, the Picato wind farm is expected to generate 144,835 MWh per year.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.098)