US-based EDF Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has awarded a contract to General Electric (GE) for the supply of wind turbine generators totaling 200MW.
According to the contract, GE will supply its 1.85MW model turbines for wind projects in the US that will begin construction in 2013, with first turbines being installed at EDF Renewable Energy's Hereford wind project in the Texas panhandle.
In July 2013, EDF Renewable Energy acquired the 200MW Phase I of the 500MW Hereford wind project being built in Deaf Smith and Castro counties of Texas from Lincoln Renewable Energy.
The membership interest purchase agreement signed between the parties for Phase 1 also provides EDF Renewable Energy an option to acquire the second phase of the project. Construction of the total project is estimated to cost more than $750m.
The company, which has also secured a long-term hedge for the expected energy production at Phase I, is likely to commence construction work by the end of 2013 to qualify the project for the federal production tax credits, and bring it into commercial operations by 2014.
Additionally, the project will make use of the competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) transmission lines that connect the wind generating capacity of the Texas panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state, the company claims.
COWI North America Energy was selected to erect three 60m meteorological towers at the Hereford wind farm project site to monitor the wind resources in the region.
EDF Renewable Energy executive vice-president Ryan Pfaff said that the company has executed the turbine supply agreement and closed on a long-term hedge, and that these developments are key elements of its near-term US wind business plan.
"The deal can largely be credited to our long-term relationships with both GE and our hedge provider, and the confidence amongst the parties that each will deliver on its respective commitments," said Pfaff.
Image: COWI installs meteorological towers at the Hereford wind farm site. Photo: courtesy of COWI North America Energy.