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Chevron tiptoeing towards wind power

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Oil giant Chevron is tiptoeing towards wind power, currently advertising for a project development manager based in its Houston office, but the company declines to talk about it. No specific information is available at this time, says Chevron's Margaret Cooper. It is not Chevron's first move towards wind. In 2002, a 22.5 MW, nine-turbine wind station was installed within the precincts of the Nerefco oil refinery that Chevron jointly owns with BP near the huge port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The $23 million project was a wind first for both companies. At the time, BP's Eric Bakker said: "At BP we have no plans to get into green field wind project development, but we are actively looking to exploit niche opportunities on BP sites across the company." BP has since gone on to disprove Bakker by scooping up multiple wind developers and major green field potential. Cooper declines to comment.

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