Walloon approves 42 MW wind plant

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Regional authorities in the Walloon region of Belgium have granted project developer MESA a permit to build and operate a 42 MW wind plant -- consisting of 21, 2 MW wind turbines -- on three sites at Mettet, Anhée, and Fosses-la-Ville in Wallonia. With just 33.4 MW added to national installed wind capacity in 2003, when completed the new project will give a significant boost to Belgian wind generation, which now stands at 67.57 MW. The developer initially applied to build 32 turbines at the same sites in October and is now renegotiating contracts with Vestas and Gamesa, the two manufacturers in the frame for the project. MESA was set up as a local initiative in 2001 with the aim of developing the wind potential of the Mettet and Basée region. In 2002 it received financial backing from the Compagnie Nationale à Portfeuille, a financial holding with broad interests which is part of the Frere Bourgois Group of Belgium.

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