Filasa International to put EUR 3 bln in Romanian wind projects by 2013

Newsroom 30/08/2012 | 13:18

French Filasa International plans to invest EUR 3 billion in wind capacities over 2000 MW through to 2013 and is also looking to develop a 300MW photo-voltaic park in Romania, according to Agerpres newswire that quotes the general director of the company.

Filasa International will put EUR 1.35 billion for 10 wind parks in the Braila-Buzau area, South East Romania, and will develop other parks in the East and South West of the country.

“In Romania we will develop renewable energy projects in three areas: Buzau-Braila – 897MW, Suceava -over 500MW and Caras Severin – 700MW. In 2013 we hope to have all the construction permits for Braila-Buzau. We can install one turbine per week, so we estimate that by the end of 2013 or in 2014 the capacity will be installed. Full capacity production is forecasted for 2017,” said Bernard Esquirol, general director of Filasa International.

Apart from the wind projects, Filasa International plans to tap into the photo-voltaic sector.

“We want to continue investments in Romania, in solar energy. It is a project of around 300 MW, on a surface of 1,200 hectares. It is a surface similar to a farm,” said the director.

Filasa International develops its renewable projects through project companies within the group that are in different permitting stages. The technical evaluation that include the environmental studies and wind speed measurements were started last year.

Specialists estimate that Romania could cover 7.5 percent of its electricity demand from wind energy by year end.

Ovidiu Posirca

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