AAER wind turbine to power gas processing

Fledgling Canadian wind turbine maker AAER Inc is to deliver a single 1.5 MW machine to Devon Canada Corporation, one of the country's largest independent oil and gas producers. Devon will use the unit to help power its Coleman Gas Plant in the Crowsnest Pass area of Alberta, a facility that processes 50 million cubic feet a day of sour gas into useable natural gas and sulphur. The contract, worth about C$2.5 million, includes an extended warranty, as well as operation and maintenance fees for a period of five years. AAER began production at its Bromont, Quebec, plant in the third quarter of 2008. It has signed turbine supply agreements for four 1.5 MW turbines for three projects in the US and a 2 MW unit to be installed in France. It has a reservation agreement with Mont Louis Wind LP, owned by Toronto-based Northland Power, for 61 of its 1.65 MW turbines. But the Devon Canada turbine, to be delivered during the third quarter of 2009, will be the first AAER machine to be installed in Canada "giving us important visibility in our home market," says AAER CEO Dave Gagnon.

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