BP Ramps Up to Full Construction of Phase One of 750 MW Wind Farm in Texas
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Second Project in Texas in Construction in Six Months HOUSTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BP Alternative Energy today announced that it has moved into full construction on phase one of the Sherbino Wind Farm located approximately 30 miles east of Fort Stockton in Pecos County, west Texas. Phase one of the project will have a capacity of 150 megawatts (MW) and is being built through a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Padoma Wind Power LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. The first phase of the project is expected to come on line in the second half of 2008. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000724/NYM120LOGO ) Sherbino I will utilize 50 Vestas V-90 wind turbine generators, each with a rated capacity of 3 MW. Initial construction on the 10,000 acre site began last year and at its peak will engage over 100 workers. The project will employ a full-time staff of up to 14 workers who will monitor and maintain the site after phase one has become fully operational. The overall project has a potential capacity of 750 MW, which will generate enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 225,000 average American homes. Bob Malone, chairman and president of BP America, said: "BP is growing its wind power portfolio in the U.S. and the Sherbino wind farm in Texas is the latest example of that growth. Wind power is one of America's most abundant natural resources and we believe that turning wind into electricity should be a major part of the nation's drive to increase the use of alternative energy and reduce carbon emissions." "Zero-fuel, zero-emission wind power is a critical component of RepoweringNRG's efforts to build a diverse fuel generation portfolio that reduces NRG's carbon intensity," said David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy. "Padoma and NRG are pleased to partner with BP to combine our collective years of wind development and operations experience." The project has financially hedged a majority of the output. The physical power generated from phase one of the Sherbino wind project will be delivered into the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) transmission system and sold on the wholesale power market. This is the second wind project that BP has in construction in Texas. Last year, BP broke ground on the 60 MW Silver Star I Wind Farm located 80 miles southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. The project is a joint venture development between BP Alternative Energy and Clipper Windpower and is expected to be commercially operational in the second quarter of 2008. Media Inquiries: BP Press Office: 202 457-6603 NRG Press Contact: David Knox 713 795 6106 Note to Editors: Other BP wind projects in the U.S.: In operation: Cedar Creek: In January 2008, Babcock & Brown and BP announced full commercial operation of the Cedar Creek wind farm in Weld County, Colorado. The 300.5 MW wind-power facility utilizes 274 wind turbines and was delivered on time, on budget and without a single lost time incident during its construction. Power from the project will be sold under a long-term contract to the Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc. Under construction: The Fowler Ridge wind farm in Benton County, Indiana is expected to be built in two phases and will generate a total of 750 MW. Dominion and BP are partners for 650 MW, with BP retaining sole ownership of 100 MW. The first phase of 400 MW is expected to be operating by the end of 2008. Power from phase one of the development is under two long-term contracts, each for 100 MW with Indiana Michigan Power and Appalachian Power, both subsidiaries of American Electric Power (AEP). BP also has a long-term power purchase agreement for 200 MW with Dominion. Construction of the second phase of 350 MW could begin as early as 2009. The Edom Hills wind project in California is the re-powering of an existing 11 MW wind energy facility in the San Gorgonio Pass, which will see 139 windmatics replaced with 8 Clipper Liberty 2.5 MW turbines increasing the power to 20 MW. There is an existing power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. About BP America / BP Alternative Energy BP America is the largest producer of oil and gas in the United States and one of the nation's largest energy investors. BP Alternative Energy, launched in November 2005, combines all of BP's interests in low and zero-carbon power generation: wind, solar, hydrogen power with carbon capture and storage, natural gas-fired power generation, biofuels for low carbon transport, and distributed energy for emerging markets. BP Alternative Energy is one of the leading wind developers in the U.S. and has portfolios in Europe, Asia and Latin America. BP's U.S. wind portfolio includes the opportunity to develop almost 100 projects with a potential total generating capacity of 15,000 MW. For more information on BP Alternative Energy visit: www.bpalternativenergy.com. NRG Energy and Padoma Wind Power A Fortune 500 company, NRG Energy, Inc. owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power-generating facilities, primarily in Texas and the Northeast, South Central and West regions of the United States and also in Australia, Germany and Brazil. NRG is a member of USCAP, a diverse group of business and environmental organizations calling for mandatory legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. NRG is also a founding member of "3C--Combat Climate Change," a global initiative with 42 business leaders calling on the global business community to take a leadership role in designing the road map to a low carbon society. More information on NRG is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Padoma Wind Power LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. since 2006, is a wind farm developer whose principals have developed, financed, built and operated more than 40 wind farms in the United States and Europe. The Company is based in La Jolla, California. More information on Padoma Wind Power is available at www.padoma.com. SOURCE BP BP Press Office, +1-202-457-6603; or NRG Press Contact, David Knox, +1-713-795-6106
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