02 Dec 2012
The final turbine of the Fantanele-Cogealac wind farm was commissioned today. With 600MW of capacity and €1.1 billion of total investment CWP’s Fantanele-Cogealac project is the largest wind farm in Europe.
The landmark project was developed by CWP from 2006 to 2008, and acquired by the Czech utility group CEZ in late 2008. Upon the sale of the project, CWP were appointed as project manager for the construction and completion of the project. When construction of Fantanele-Cogealac began in 2008 Romania had only 14 megawatts of installed wind power. On July 10th 2010 Fantanele, the 350MW Phase I of the project, began exporting power to the grid through a dedicated 400kV Main Transformer Station. Work continued on Cogealac, Phase II of the project, which was completed over the following two years.
The monumental project comprises 240 GE 2.5xl wind turbines, the largest single order of wind turbines in General Electric’s history. Seven 110/33kV electrical substations were installed, connected to a 110/400kV Main Transformer Station. Over 200km of roads were built, 222km of 33kV cable trenches, and 63.9km of 110kV cable trenches.
With it’s completion in Dec 2012, Fantanele-Cogealac became the largest wind farm in Europe.
CWP’s project management team for the Fantanale-Cogealac wind farm