German turbine supplier Repower is to deliver 34 of its 2 MW turbines to French developer and operator Erelia, now majority owned by GDF Suez, Europe's largest supplier of natural gas, which is rapidly ramping up its wind energy assets on both sides of the Atlantic. The turbines will be supplied under a 2007 master supply agreement with Electrabel, also owned by GDF Suez, with delivery towards the end of the year to the 68 MW Hauts-Pays project, one of the largest in France and under construction in the north-easterly Haute-Marne département. The turbines will be divided into three groups within a wind power development zone designated for up to 90 MW which spreads into the jurisdiction of 27 local authorities. In addition, Erelia has 24 MW building at Mont-Grignon in the Marne département, also in north east France, for which Enercon will supply the turbines. The company has applications pending for another 18 MW at Hauts-Pays and 27 MW near Amiens in the north-westerly Somme département, plus 400 MW under development. It currently operates a combined wind power capacity of 105.5 MW. GDF Suez claims to operate wind plant with a combined total of 417 MW in France through its various subsidiaries. Worldwide, it owns 1054 MW of operating wind capacity and has 468 MW under construction.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol