The first of the 240 wind turbines to operate inside the CEZ Wind Farm in Fantanele and Cogealac started to send electricity into the national electricity grid last week. The main transformer station in Tariverde was connected by Transelectrica to the Romanian national grid last week, while at the beginning of this week the first of the four 110/33 kV transformer substations together with the 110 and 33 kV cables linking it to the wind turbines located in Fantanele East was also put online. “The Fantanele and Cogealac wind farm is on time and we do not expect any delays,” said Martin Zmelik, CEZ Romania COO.
The first part of CEZ Wind Farm’s project in Fantanele and Cogealac comprises 139 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 2.5 MW each, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
More than 100 of the total 240 turbines to be built in Fantanele and Cogealac are already fully constructed, and the installation works are continuing on a daily basis. In parallel with the construction works, the already built wind turbines will keep being tested and put into operation, with CEZ estimating that by the end of 2010 all 139 turbines of the Fantanele stage of the project will be producing and delivering green energy to the national grid.
CEZ Group is building in Dobrogea the largest onshore wind farm in Europe, with a total capacity of 600 MW, approximately double the size of of the largest current operational wind farm in Europe, which is in Whitelee, Scotland. The first stage of the Fantanele project will become operational by the end of 2010, and the second stage, in Cogealac, is expected to be finished in 2011. The CEZ Group’s total investment in the project will reach EUR 1.1 billion.