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FCC Energy to develop 80 MW of wind power in the United Kingdom

24/02/2010

FCC Energy to develop 80 MW of wind power in the United Kingdom

  • La inversión total puede llegar a 114 millones de euros
  • Aprovechará los vertederos de basura de su filial WRG
  • FCC ya posee 533 MW de energía renovable en España, Austria y Reino Unido
  • Investment may total 114 million euro
  • The project will use subsidiary WRG's landfill sites
  • FCC already has 533 MW of renewable capacity in Spain, Austria and the UK

FCC, through subsidiaries FCC Energy and Waste Recycling Group (WRG), plans to build 80 MW of onshore wind capacity at a number of its closed and operational landfill sites in the UK.

The Company intends to invest 114 million euro in building wind farms on suitable sites identified from its portfolio of more than 100 landfill sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

The new electricity generating capacity will add to the 533 MW of 'green' capacity that FCC currently owns and manages in Spain, Austria and the UK. Energy is one of the principal business lines of citizen services group FCC, whose geographical and business diversification favour sustainable growth.

FCC Energy and WRG are currently reviewing potential sites across the UK from WRG's landholdings, and are conducting a rigorous assessment of all technical and environmental aspects. Planning applications for the first wind turbines are expected to be submitted later this year.

WRG, the UK's largest waste management company, already recovers energy from the clean combustion of non-hazardous household, commercial and industrial wastes at its Energy from Waste (EfW) incineration facilities. These include Allington EfW in Kent, which generates electricity for export to the local network, and the Eastcroft EfW, which generates thermal energy in the form of steam, which is used by Nottingham's district heating scheme to supply thousands of homes, offices, shops and public buildings in the city.

FCC operates 14 wind farms in Spain with 422 MW of installed capacity. It also has two photovoltaic plants with an installed capacity of 10 MW each in southern Spain. The Company is building two concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Spain registered with the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Trade.