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Vestas turbines for 144 MW in British Columbia

EarthFirst Canada Inc has placed an order for 48 Vestas 3 MW turbines for its 144 MW Dokie 1 wind project in the Peace River region in north-eastern British Columbia (BC). The company, which won a 20-year power purchase agreement in BC Hydro's 2006 call for tenders, plans to install the C$317 million project in two phases. Construction of eight test turbines, which receive special treatment under Canadian tax law, will begin in mid-2008 and be completed by the end of the year. The project's remaining 40 turbines are expected to be operating by the end of 2009. The order also includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement. EarthFirst, which recently completed a C$140 million initial public offering, has a portfolio of more than 2500 MW of wind projects in five Canadian provinces. Its 156 MW Dokie expansion project and 70.5 MW Wartenbe project, also located in BC's Peace River region, are fully permitted and available to bid into BC Hydro's next call for tenders, expected this spring. It has also been awarded three 20-year standard offer power purchase contracts for 10 MW each for its Grand Valley Project in southern Ontario. EarthFirst expects to get the necessary environmental permits and interconnection agreements by mid-2008 and start construction in 2009. The estimated capital cost of the full 30 MW is around C$73 million.

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