Griffin Energy, a division of the Griffin Coal Mining Company, is planning to enter the wind industry in Western Australia with a 40 MW development earmarked for Emu Downs on land owned by Griffin's agricultural division, near Cataby, about 170 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. The A$100-120 million project is in the feasibility stage. Griffin's Stephen Keenihan says the company is keen to expand its energy portfolio and is working in partnership with Stanwell Corporation (owned by the Queensland Government) to assess two wind sites north of Perth, including Emu Downs. The project timeframe is uncertain due to Electricity Reform Task Force work underway in the state to prepare for deregulation of the electricity sector, but Keenihan expects it to be completed sometime before 2005.
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