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Suzlon, Volkswind Venture Plans 74 Wind Turbines in Bulgaria

According to reports, DIV Wind OOD, co-owned by India’s Suzlon Wind Energy Ltd. (SUEL) and Volkswind GmbH, is planning to build about 74 wind turbines in Bulgaria.

The wind project near Balchik in northeastern Bulgaria will be at least 150 megawatts in capacity depending on the size of turbine used, DIV company director Malte Huchzermeier said today by phone.

DIV, based in Sofia, has obtained the required approvals and completed necessary studies for the project, Huchzermeier said. Construction can begin once grid connections are received, which Huchzermeier said he expects next year.

“There’s a huge demand for energy and a huge demand for interconnecting wind farm projects,” he said by phone from Bremen, Germany. “The supply of the grid has to keep pace with this demand and this is the problem.”

The company is a venture between Suzlon and Volkswind, a German wind farm developer based in Ganderkesee that has built 60 wind farms, according to the company website. Bulgaria has good quality wind sites while wind markets in nations such as Germany, Spain and Denmark mature, Huchzermeier said. Bulgaria also offers a feed-in tariff for wind plants, he said.

Bulgaria had 612 megawatts of installed wind energy at the end of last year, according to data from the European Wind Energy Association. The provisional data showed the nation added 112 megawatts in 2011.

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