DeWind ships first turbine to Seawind for Veladero

Thursday, September 20, 2007

California-based Composite Technology Corporation (CTC) subsidiary DeWind has shipped the first 2MW D8.2 wind turbine to the Chilean branch of UK renewable generation company Seawind, CTC said in a statement.

The turbine, manufactured in Germany, will arrive in San Juan, Argentina, where it will be installed at an elevation of 4,000m near mining operations in Veladero.

The turbine will be the only multi-watt turbine operating at the elevation, according to the statement.

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"This high elevation installation should provide valuable information for both our companies to determine the effectiveness of further installations at high elevation," CTC CEO Benton Wilcoxon said in the statement.

The turbine is for a "major international mining company client," Wilcoxon said without identifying the company.

Canadian miner Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) submitted in July an EIA to environmental regulators in Chile for a 20MW Punta Colorada wind power project in Chile's region IV.

The US$40mn project involves the installation of 10 wind turbines that will be connected to Chile's central grid (SIC).

Barrick also reported that it was installing a single 2MW demonstration wind turbine near its Veladero gold-silver mine in Argentina's San Juan province.

Seawind submitted an EIS in August for the construction of a 74MW, 37-turbine wind farm that will require an investment of US$150mn.

The company placed an order in August with DeWind for five 2MW D8 wind turbines for delivery to a Chilean project involving "a senior mining company," BNamericas previously reported.