GE, BP team up for wind energy

Oct. 28, 2011 at 6:49 AM

HOUSTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A wind energy division of BP said it signed a supply and maintenance deal with General Electric for 350 wind turbine units for the United States.

"We continue to see strong demand for our advanced wind turbine technology because of its capability to meet the economic and environmental priorities of operators like BP Wind Energy," said Victor Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Power and Water, in a statement.

BP Wind Energy said the deals, estimated at $750 million, would have a combined power generation of 560 megawatts.

A wind farm planned for Kansas will include 262 wind turbine units that could generate about 419 MW of energy. The other 88 wind turbines would be delivered to BP's Mehoopany wind farm in Pennsylvania. Both would go into service next year.

BP Wind Energy President John Graham said about 30 percent of his company's wind fleet was powered by GE wind turbines.

Both wind farms would be owned and operated by BP Wind Energy. Construction on both sites is expected later this year subject to all necessary permits.

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