Three sizeable project open market

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In South Korea three sizeable wind projects with a combined capacity of 500 MW are planned over the next several years. With the backing of the highly centralised government in Seoul, each will be developed by one of the country's nine provincial governments. Already it appears that a first small step has been taken. Two 600 kW Vestas turbines, installed in Cheju province, have been producing power since March 1, according to wind promoter Chan Shin, president of Korea Green Energy Industries. The turbines are the first of a 300 MW project which the Cheju government eventually hopes to install by 2006. The vendor for the remaining turbines will be chosen in an open bid; the project will be operated by the local government. The second planned wind farm, also 300 MW and also to be developed and operated by a provincial government, is slated for Sae Man Keum in the province of Chenrabuk-do, says Shin. To be constructed between 1998 and 2004, the wind farm is planned for a 33 kilometre sea dike created by a major land reclamation scheme, the purpose of which is also to stimulate the economy, adds Shin. An aquaculture aeration project is part of the overall plan. A third, 100 MW project, is being proposed for an offshore site by the provincial government of Kyongsanbuk-do province,

says Shin. Construction of this and the Chenrabuk-do project is slated to commence in the second half of this year. The Republic of Korea has a population of some 45 million and a great deal of heavy industry.

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