BP making environmental amends with huge wind farm

BP Wind Energy, the oil giant’s renewable arm, has announced it will build a vast wind farm in the USA, to the tune of $800 million. The 419MW Flat Ridge […]

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By Tom Gibson

BP Wind Energy, the oil giant’s renewable arm, has announced it will build a vast wind farm in the USA, to the tune of $800 million. The 419MW Flat Ridge 2 wind farm will be located on a 66,000-acre site in Kansas and will use 262 wind turbines from GE Energy.

The company also announced that it has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement for 314MW from its proposed Flat Ridge 2 Wind farm with the Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.

John Graham, president and CEO, BP Wind Energy said: “Today’s announcement of a PPA with AECI is a milestone in the project’s development that will create some 500 jobs during peak construction and will provide over $1 million annually to the local communities without impacting traditional farming and ranching activities.”

Construction work is expected to start later this year and is expected to become commercially operational by the end of 2012.