Enel wind farm project strained by court’s temporary suspension

A ruling in a legal case filed by residents of Evia, the country’s second largest island, slighly northeast of wider Athens, and a local environmental protection group, challenging the development of an Enel wind farm investment budgeted at 300 milion euros, is expected to be delivered in no less than two months, possibly even early next year, which places great scheduling pressure on the investment plan.

Ratified RES framework revisions led to an extension of the project’s completion deadline to March, 2019, if the investor is to maintain a fixed feed in tariff already secured.

All work at the Evia wind farm site was interrupted on August 11, based on a Supreme Administrative Court decision that called for an immediate temporary suspension.

The trial was heard earlier this week at the Council of State, Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court. Both sides were given until October 18 to submit a final round of evidence in support of their arguments.

The temporary suspension of work at the Evia site led to the cancellation of an official project ceremony that was to be attended by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni as part of his recent official visit to Greece.