Located in the province of Rhodope, Thrace, northern Greece, the Mikronoros wind farm has commenced operations, having been fully energised and connected to the grid.
Iberdrola’s 33.6MW Mikronoros wind farm consists of eight Vestas V150 wind turbines, each with a 4.2MW unit capacity, a hub height of 105m (344.5 ft) and a rotor diameter of 150m (492 ft).
Construction of the wind farm and access roads was carried out by the Greek company Faraday. Engineering company Hitachi was responsible for the civil works and electromechanical assembly tasks at the existing Patriarchis substation.
The substation was totally renovated for the project. The outdoor gas-insulated system (GIS) replaced the existing AIS infrastructure for connection to the 150kV grid, owned by the transmission grid operator (IPTO).
Works at Mikronoros began in 2021 but ceased between March and July due to environmental restrictions and in August due to fire risk. An adverse winter in this area bordering Bulgaria also caused delays to the project.
According to Iberdrola, the Greek transmission network communications infrastructure was improved by means of fiber optics installation at the transmission line and new equipment in the adjacent substations.