Go ahead for France's biggest wind plant

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An appeal court has ruled that Ostwind International, the French subsidiary of German developer Ostwind, can construct France's biggest wind power development to date. The 140 MW project, located at Fruges in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France, has not had an easy birth. The company originally developed it for 234 MW (Windpower Monthly, March 2003), later reducing it to 140 MW because of local opposition. The departmental authorities granted siting permission in 2004, but the decision was contested in the courts and last summer permission for 31 wind turbines was revoked (Windpower Monthly, July 2005). The original positive ruling has been upheld, however, following Ostwind's appeal. The company expects to start constructing the first phase, comprising 35 Enercon 2 MW turbines, in July for completion in mid-2007. Work on the second phase of 35 Enercon units is scheduled for late 2007 or 2008. Up to now Ostwind International has completed just one project, a 12 MW turnkey development at St-Clément in the Ardèche département of southern France (Windpower Monthly, August 2005). It hopes to reach 500 MW installed capacity in France over the next few years.

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