After six years of negotiations, an official groundbreaking ceremony has been held for a wind farm being constructed by the Mexican firm Eólica del Sur in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca.
Located in Biniza, Juchitán, and Xtipa BI, in Espinal, the project represents a US $1.2-billion joint investment with the Japanese firm Mitsubishi and will be the largest facility of its kind in Latin America. Once operational, the 132 turbines will generate over 400 megawatts of electrical power.
The ceremony, mainly symbolic because construction is already 22% complete, was attended by Mitsubishi officials, who thanked Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa for his support for a project that mitigates the effects of global climate change and benefits local communities.
Murat said the project is the first of its kind in the region to have been approved in a referendum in the local indigenous communities, in compliance with international treaties that safeguard the rights of original peoples.
He said the six-year process was delayed due to “ungovernability.”
“We’re very excited to hear of the progress on this wind farm project, which is fundamental for the development of the Isthmus, especially in these times of great tragedy,” said Murat, referring to the September earthquakes.
Eólica del Sur CEO Masato Inagaki remarked that the wind farms have already started to benefit the region through jobs: 1,500 have been created in the construction phase.
Source: Milenio (sp)