The French subsidiary of German wind company Ostwind, Ostwind International, has announced plans to build one of the largest wind farms in Europe in northern France -- a 150 MW development for the community of Fruges in the Pas-de-Calais region. The ambitious project in France's fledgling market is seven times bigger than the largest existing wind farm in France and would exceed the country's entire present installed capacity by a third. If built, the Fruges wind farm will comprise 100 turbines grouped on 15 sites and will come on-line in 2004. Construction work has been promised to local companies prior to Ostwind carrying out a nature protection study. When the wind farm is operating the company says it will build two maintenance workshops in Fruges, creating at least 20 jobs. Ostwind's only other project in France has been to build a small wind farm at St Clément, high up in the mountains of the Ardèche. By way of compensation for the impact made on the landscape the company has created a visitor centre where the wind farm's energy output is displayed.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol