Construction begins at 46 MW Canunda wind farm

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After almost five years of development by Wind Prospect, the 46 MW Canunda Wind Farm located at Lake Bonney in South Australia has moved into its construction phase. Canunda Power, a subsidiary of large UK company International Power, confirms it will construct, own and operate the A$92.5 million (EUR 56 million) project and has awarded the A$74.2 million (EUR 45 million) turbine supply contract to Vestas of Denmark. The plant will consist of 23 Vestas 2 MW wind turbines, the first time the machines will be used in Australia. The contract also includes the supply of a remote monitoring system, foundations, electrical and civil infrastructure as well as operation and maintenance of the power plant. The wind farm is scheduled to begin commercial operation early in 2005. All the electricity produced, an estimated 135,000 MWh a year, will be sold to energy retailer AGL under a long term power purchase agreement. In addition to Canunda, Wind Prospect has siting approval for a further 380 MW in Australia and has another 320 MW at the planning submission stage.

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