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Abandoned Gulf of Mexico oil platforms seen as potential wind farm sites

When the president of Grand Vent Wind Energy Systems Technologies LLC in the United States thinks about the 5200 abandoned oil and gas drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, he sees wind farms. Herman Schellstede is a former oil industry worker who designed offshore drilling platforms for 30 years. Schellstede plans to install bundles of 25 turbines on revamped platforms within 12 miles of shore, producing at least 50 MW each. Power lines can be strung through existing pipelines to shore. Schellstede, who wants to use GE Wind Energy turbines, has yet to obtain power purchase agreements or permits. He hopes to begin construction next year on the first 50 MW.

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