Toabré wind farm works to begin 1Q11

Thursday, March 11, 2010

First phase construction of the 225MW Toabré wind farm in Panama is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of next year, according to developer Fersa.

Operations of an initial 150MW would begin at the end of that year, according to the Spanish wind developer's 2009 financial report.

Panama's public service regulator Asep granted the definitive generation license for Toabré in October 2008. The project site is in Penonomé district, Coclé province.

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In the Central American country, Fersa also plans to develop the 105MW Antón wind project. The company reported previously that construction on Antón in Coclé, would begin in 1Q11 and come online at year-end.

Although Panama does not currently boast wind power generation, President Ricardo Martinelli's energy policy aims to increase the use of renewable natural resources, in particular wind and hydro.

Of the 529GWh generated in February, 56.1% came from thermo, 31.5% hydro, 10.5% from the Panama Canal Authority and 1.96% from the regional grid, according to the latest monthly report from the country's national dispatch center CND.

Consumption last month totaled 521GWh and maximum demand reached 1.16GW, adds the document. CND has said maximum demand this year could hit 1.24GW.

Installed capacity at end-June 2009 reached 1.68GW, of which 52.4% was hydro and 47.7% thermo, according to latest Asep statistics.