Work on building a 14.45 MW wind station has at last begun in Wales after developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) sold its 50% stake in the project to Australian-owned Novera Macquarie Renewable Energy Limited (NMRE). This gives NMRE 100% ownership of Mynydd Clogau project in Powys. Under the deal RES has been awarded the turnkey construction contract. The plant gained consent in 2002 after a public inquiry. RES first lodged its application in 1996 after the project won a 15 year power purchase contract under the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO) in 1994, but the company failed to proceed with the project when consent came through. The 15 year contract would have started ticking in 1999. Earnings under the RO are higher than under NFFO contracts. Construction of the substation at Tregynon has already begun, while delivery of the 17 Vestas turbines is planned for the end of this year, with commissioning due in April 2006.
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