New York [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Eolicas de Portugal consortium, in which ENDESA owns a 30% stake, has won the Portuguese government’s concession to install windfarms with a total capacity of 1,200 MW. The Eolicas de Portugal project entails investment exceeding Euro 1.5 billion [US$1.9 billion] between 2006 and 2011 and the installation of 48 windfarms with capacity of between 20 and 25 MW at a variety of sites throughout Portugal.The consortium was awarded not only the 800 MW that was publicly tendered but also the two 200-MW bonus concessions tender. Eolicas de Portugal’s proposal was the best rated by the jury, outranking the other consortium that had also reached the final stage. The Eolicas de Portugal project will generate over 1,800 new jobs, and involve the development of an industrial estate in Viana do Castelo with a planned total surface area of 135,000 square meters. The facility will consist of the production facilities required to guarantee the integral production of a new ENERCON wind turbine model, the E-82, for the consortium, with a production capacity of 180 wind turbines/year and 600 poles/year. Due to the additional capacity accruing to ENDESA by virtue of winning this tender, the company will have almost 700 MW of wind capacity in Portugal — making it the country’s second largest wind energy producer and the largest non-Portuguese electric utility in the sector. ENDESA also participates in the Portuguese electricity system through its stake in Tejo Energia and the sale of electricity to end customers on the deregulated market.