Utility puts up 200 MW in five locations

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Austrian regional utility Bewag is investing around EUR 260 million in 200 MW of wind development on the Parndorfer Plain, north- east of Neusiedler lake, close to the border with Slovakia. Bewag subsidiary Austrian Wind Power (AWP) plans to install 130 turbines, 74 of which will be commissioned by the end of the year, feeding 125 MW into the utility's network. The wind stations are spread around five locations. German Enercon will supply at least 44 turbines to AWP: 18, E66 1.8 MW machines are slated for Neusiedl am See and another 26 of the same model for a site at Weiden. Dewind, subsidiary of English engineering company FKI since May 2002, will supply 30 machines built at its Loughborough works in the UK, for two sites. Hub height wind speeds on the Parndorfer Plan average 6 m/s reports Dewind. A third company, Vestas, is supplying 14, 2 MW machines, to be installed along with Dewind machines at the Gols wind station. Vestas reports total orders of 108 MW to Austria. AWP's wind energy development in Austria follows passage in January of a law obliging electricity companies to buy wind power at a fixed minimum price of EUR 0.078/kWh. Keen to expand swiftly, AWP acquired the projects at Neudorf, Pama and Gols from Siemens and Donauwind, according to Austrian wind energy association Interessengemeinschaft Windkraft Österreich.

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