Marubeni Corporation starts construction on two projects

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Major Japanese trading house Marubeni Corporation is to start construction on two wind power projects in October. Using three NEG Micon 1.5 MW turbines, the first 4.5 MW project is planned for Yuya town in Yamaguchi. The electricity will be sold to the local utility Chugoku Electric Power Company when the plant comes online in 2004. The second project is a 13 MW wind farm in Sata town in Kagoshima. It will use ten Nordex 1.3 MW turbines and is expected to become operational in early 2004. This development forms phase two of a 26 MW wind project started last year. Construction of phase one, at 13 MW and also using Nordex 1.3 MW turbines, started at Nejime in October 2001. It is to be online in March 2003 and is expected to generate sales of around ´300 million a year. Minami Kyushu Wind Power, owned 80% by Marubeni, will managed the wind farm. The electricity will be sold to Kyushi Electric Power Co under a 15 year contract.

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