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Good start to new year with several small wind projects coming online

The new year kicked off in France with several small wind projects coming online. The 9 MW Téterchen plant near the German border is the biggest by far, with six Repower turbines. The project is a first in France for German developer ABO Wind, which is keen to extend its international market. ABO Wind has subsequently sold the project to Eurowind of Sweden. In Brittany, the 1.8 MW Langoëlan farm, comprising two 900 kW NEG Micon (Vestas) machines, is the first in the Morbihan department and also a first for local research and development company Nass et Wind Technologie. The turnkey project was sold to Natenco SAS, the French subsidiary of Germany's Natural Energy Corp (Natenco). French contractor Eneria carried out the construction work. Eneria also developed a small project at Beuzec, in Brittany's Finistère department on behalf of local owner-operator Avel Braz. In this case, NEG Micon supplied the single 1.5 MW turbine. Also in Finistère, French utility EDF switched on its own wind farm at Dirinon to the west of Brest. The two 850 kW Vestas units are on EDF land beside an oil-fired power station. Finally, Gamesa completed a project for a private investor at Chaudeyrac in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Amec Spie built the plant, which consists of two 850 kW Gamesa units.

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