Construction underway for 98 MW Gangwon wind farm

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Grid infrastructure construction is underway for the delayed 98 MW Gangwon wind farm in South Korea. The project, in Daegwalleyeong, Gangwon province, will use 49 Vestas V80 2 MW wind turbines. The KRW 145 billion ($ 115 million) project is a joint venture between German engineering company, Lahmeyer International, and Unison Industrial of Seoul (Windpower Monthly, August 2002). Originally, 24 turbines were scheduled to go up in October 2002 and another 42 in October 2003. But contracts for turbine supply with Vestas and with Unison as the main contractor were only signed in January. There has also been a delay in getting the full permit for the project, though this is now expected before the end of the year, according to Lahmeyer. "All wind turbines will be installed within 2005 with complete commissioning planned by November 2005," adds a spokesman for Lahmeyer's Korea office. When completed, the wind farm will be the largest built to date in Korea, increasing the country's wind capacity from today's 8 MW. Unison and Lahmeyer are also working on a further 60 MW wind farm at Youngduk on private and publicly owned land near Korea's east coast. Permission to begin construction on the project is anticipated soon, with construction slated to start in August of this year.

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