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Taylor Woodrow out of wind

Construction group Taylor Woodrow (TW) has finally severed its links with wind after selling off the last of its wind energy businesses in early December to the subsidiary of a company based in Dallas, Texas. TW's wind farm subsidiary, First Windfarm Holdings Ltd, was bought by Westbury Windfarms in Cumbria, a joint venture owned by International Wind Projects Ltd and Foras Energy A/S of Denmark. According to Robert Clingen Smith from Westbury Windfarms, International Wind Projects is the UK subsidiary of International Wind Corp of Dallas, Texas. He describes Foras as the largest service provider of wind turbines in the world, with operations in Denmark, India, California and Germany. First Windfarm Holdings owned three wind farms of WEG MS3 turbines totalling 20 MW: Cold Northcott in Cornwall, Cemmaes in Powys and Llangwyryfon in Dyfed. The sale netted Taylor Woodrow a cash sum of around £5 million. It completes the disposal of all Taylor Woodrow's wind businesses. In March 1998, the company disposed of Wind Energy Group, its wind turbine manufacturing arm, and blade manufacturer Taywood Aerolaminates; both were bought by NEG Micon of Denmark. Clingen Smith says that in the UK, Foras owns 50% of Cumbria Windfarms Ltd, which is soon to begin construction of two wind clusters. At Winscales, it is building three 660 kW Vestas turbines, while at Great Orton airfield, the company is to replace the existing wind farm of Carter turbines with six 660 kW Vestas machines. Both projects have Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation power purchase contracts and planning consent.

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