Two projects in Kyushu pick Vestas as turbine supplier

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Two wind power developers with projects in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, have chosen Vestas as turbine supplier. The largest of the two projects is a 32 MW development on Aduchi Oshima island, ten kilometres off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture, by M&D Green Electric Company and the island's municipal authorities, which are shouldering a quarter of the investment cost. It will consist of 16, 2 MW turbines. The plant, which will be connected to the Kyushu Electric Power Company grid, is due online in March 2007. The other project, also due online in March 2007, is for 8.5 MW, consisting of five 1.7 MW machines to be installed in Oguni-machi village in Kumamoto Prefecture's Aso-gun Kuju National Park. It is the first larger scale wind plant allowed in a national park in Japan, following a 2004 government ruling. The project is a joint venture between the Oguni-machi municipal authorities and the Toyota Tsusho Corporation, which have combined to form Wind Tech Oguni Company. The village has a 51% stake in the company.

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