Tohoku announces 107 MW tender results

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Japanese utility Tohoku Electric has announced five winners for its 107.75 MW wind tender -- though some negotiations have yet to be finalised. Ecopower Co Ltd was picked to provide 27 MW at Higashitorimura, Aomori, using 18, NEG Micon 1.5 MW turbines, to be on-line in December 2002. Electric Power Development Co is to supply a 21 MW station at Tsutamakimachi, Iwate, with commissioning in January 2004. The turbine technology is yet to be finalised and is still to be selected for a 19.25 MW plant by Tomen Corp for a site at Higashidorimura, Aomori, due on-line in November 2003. Toyota Trading Co is contracted to develop 10.5 MW at Hamamachi, Aomori, using Vestas wind turbines, to start in August 2003. The fifth contract went to Japan Wind Development Co Ltd for a 30 MW station at Rokkasho, Aomori using 1.5 MW units from Enron Wind, to be turning in November 2003. All the projects depend on their eligibility for subsidies from the Japanese New Energy Development Organisation. Public corporations can get a 50% government subsidy for their wind project and the private sector can get 33%.

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