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Desalination plant deal for NSW project under construction

The 132.3 MW Capital wind farm near Bungendore in New South Wales, currently under construction, will supply the renewable energy requirements of Sydney Water's new desalination plant, under a 20-year agreement secured by Babcock and Brown Wind Partners (BBW). BBW acquired the wind farm from a consortium consisting of National Power, Carbon Solutions and Babcock & Brown at the end of last year. Comprising 63 turbines supplied by India's Suzlon, it is due to become fully operational by mid-2009. The Sydney Desalination Plant, meanwhile, is now one-third complete and on track to deliver up to 250 million litres of drinking water a day in the summer of 2009-10. Under the agreement, Sydney Water will buy Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and voluntarily surrender these to the renewable energy regulator as evidence that the plant is powered by an accredited renewable energy source.

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