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GE lands $1.4 bln wind turbine contract

BOSTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - General Electric Co GE.N said on Thursday it had received a contract worth $1.4 billion to provide equipment and service to a planned Oregon wind farm that aims to be the world's largest such facility.

The $2 billion Shepherds Flat project, being developed by independent power producer Caithness Energy, will span some 30 square miles (78 sq km) and have the capacity to generate 845 megawatts of electricity. That is enough to meet the needs of 235,000 typical homes in California, where most of the power generated will be sold.

The largest U.S. conglomerate plans to supply 338 turbines of 2.5 megawatts each, which would be installed in 2011 and 2012. It will also maintain the turbines for a decade.

“This project underscores our commitment to harness the power of wind to meet present and future energy needs while reducing greenhouse emissions,” said Les Gelber, a partner at Caithness.

The biggest wind farm operating in the world right now is in Roscoe, Texas. It can produce some 781.5 million megawatts of electricity. [ID:nN30236243] (Reporting by Scott Malone, editing by Matthew Lewis)