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February 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) has budgeted $30 million for the construction of a wind farm in San Buenaventura in Montes de Oro, Puntarenas.
Dennis Mora, from the Department of Engineering for Generation Projects at CNFL, said the plant will generate 32 gigawatt hours per year, which could supply 3,000 to 4,000 homes or about 12,000 people.
CNFL announced the start of the bidding process for the company that will handle construction on Friday, in the government’s official newspaper. The bidding process should be completed in the next three months, and once the concession has been awarded, construction is expected to last 18 months.
The Dutch consortium Ecofys BV-Geo was responsible for conducting the feasibility studies for the project.
Among other wind projects under development in Costa Rica include a 49.5 MW wind farm worth $90 million in Guanacaste and a 15.3 MW projected valued at $45 million in the Central Valley.
The latter has 17 wind turbines, each producing 900 kilowatts of power.
CNFL is also considering expanding its wind project in Santa Ana, as well as building another win project in Cascajal de Coronado.