Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica has received a turnkey contract from Inversiones Eolicas de Orosi Dos (IEDO), a subsidiary of Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, to develop a 50MW wind farm in Costa Rica.
To be built on the Los Angeles and La Frescura farms, the project calls for the construction of wind turbines, wind measuring stations, an operations building and an electrical substation, and a SCADA control system to supervise, monitor and control all relevant project components.
Under the contract, Gamesa will be responsible for the supply and installation of 25 G87-2.0 MW wind turbines to the Orosi wind farm project being built in the community of Quebrada Grande in the municipality of Liberia, in Guanacaste province.
The scope of the contract also includes developing all associated infrastructures including an electricity substation and a high-tension line in addition to providing five-year operation and maintenance services at the wind farm.
To be operational by early 2015, the 50MW project is expected to generate 216.4GWh of clean electricity annually, which will be supplied to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) through the existing Pailas substation.
The project will significantly contribute to the Costa Rican economy in the form of clean power generation, which will help meet the country's growing demand for electricity, employment creation during both the construction and operational phases, and GHG emissions reduction.
GL Garrad Hassan has collected three-year wind data, conducted an assessment of the resource and identified two host farms as the suitable site for the installation of a wind project.
The project was financed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (US Ex-Im bank), the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the International Bank of Costa Rica (BICSA), while P50 Capital was appointed as financial advisor to US Ex-Im bank on the project.