UK developer RES launches joint development venture with Sweden's Borewind

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UK wind farm developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is launching a joint venture with Borewind, a small Swedish counterpart, to annually build around 150 MW in Sweden over the coming years. The two companies are setting up a joint subsidiary, RES Skandinavien, to develop wind farms on land and offshore. The company, to be based near the city of Östersund, will initially target land-based projects in Sweden's windswept far north. Borewind's Mats Swensson says the included projects are close to existing hydropower dams and he expects construction work to start next year. Looking ahead, he sees opportunities to develop offshore wind installations, notably in southern Sweden. RES Skandinavien is planning for its initial staff of five to rise to ten over a four-year period. RES, which is part of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group, a large UK construction company, recently completed its biggest wind plant yet, 280 MW in Texas, also the world's biggest wind farm. RES's Peter Quilleash says Sweden is "an exciting new wind market" that is poised for growth over the next few years.

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