In the beginning of 2008 the Albanian Government granted approval for the construction of a large (500 MW) wind farm installation in the protected area of Karaburuni Peninsula. A license for its construction was granted to Moncada Construzioni, an Italian firm, without the required prior public information process. The Karaburuni peninsula presently has the status of Managed Nature Reserve (IUCN category IV) and it has been proposed to be upgraded to a National Park by many environmental policy documents, one of them the 2006 GEF MedWetCoast project. An NGO coalition led by the Ekolevizja Network opposes the decision of the Albanian government to open this protected area to development. The Albanian government it points out, is openly disregarding without due explanation, all of its previous commitments to citizens and the donor community to protect this biodiversity hotspot and coastal landscape of outstanding natural beauty. A BIRN investigation in December 2008 showed that the project risked wrecking one of Europe’s last unspoiled environments by allowing the construction of a wind farm on a coastal nature reserve and on national park territory. The decision to grant the land and the subsequent environmental permit were considered illegal under Albanian laws aimed at protecting natural reserves. Environmental groups are outraged over the Environment Ministry's decision to issue a permit for the wind farm on the Karaburun peninsula – the site of the nature reserve park – as this is one of the most pristine sites in the Mediterranean. The project will include the construction of a transmission line running from the port of Vlora in Albania to the Italian port of Brindisi. A 400kV power cable, stretching 145km under the Adriatic at a depth of over 900 metres, will allow electricity to be transmitted in either direction. The interconnection line and the wind farm have an estimated cost of 1.25 billion euros.