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Go ahead for third stage of Portland Wind Energy project

Pacific Hydro has the go-head from Victoria's state government to build the third stage of its Portland Wind Energy Project (PWEP) in the southwest of the state. The 44 MW Cape Nelson South Wind Energy Facility is to be made up of 2 MW turbines from Germany's Repower, now controlled by Suzlon. Stage one of the project, 30 MW of Vestas 1.5 MW machines at Yambuk, has been completed and construction is underway on the 58 MW second stage at Cape Bridgewater, which also comprises Repower 2 MW units and is due for completion later this year. Construction on Cape Nelson will start in the next few months, with the project slated for completion in mid-2009. "Over a period of 12 to 15 months, we'll be able to have this part of the project up and running," says Pacific Hydro's Andrew Richards. Meanwhile, construction of the planned fourth and final stage of PWEP, at Cape Sir William Grant, is expected to start later this year and upon completion will bring the A$330 million (EUR 198.1 million) development's cumulative capacity to 195 MW.

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