Plans for biggest plant yet in Aomori prefecture

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Japan Wind Development Co Ltd (JWD) plans to take its portion of a recent tender win from Japanese utility Tohoku Electric and turn it into the country's largest wind plant. JWD was among five winners of the utility's 107.75 MW wind tender. It was contracted to build a 30 MW wind station at Rokkasho in Aomori in northern Japan (Windpower Monthly, June 2001). JWD says this will only be the first phase of an 82.5 MW wind farm using 55, 1.5 MW turbines. In the first phase, due to be on-line in October 2003, turbines will be supplied by Enron Wind Europe. The company has not yet decided what turbines to use for the remainder. The second 30 MW phase is scheduled to go on-line in October 2004, with the final 22.5 MW to be finished in October 2005. The project is worth ยด12.8 billion ($103.2 million). Major share holders in JWD include Toroshima Pump Manufacturing, Japan Steel Works Ltd and the Industrial Bank of Japan.

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