US wind farm Flat Ridge 2 in full operation

On January 3 BP Wind Energy and Sempra US Gas & Power have announced that the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm located in Kansas, USA, has moved into full commercial operation. According to the companies’ press release, the 470 MW wind farm is the largest, single-build wind farm in the history of the US wind industry. Definitely, located on a 66,000-acre site, Flat Ridge 2 is the largest wind farm in the state of Kansas.

BP and Sempra are 50:50 joint venture partners for the Flat Ridge 2 wind farm that represents a combined investment in excess of US$ 800 million. A wholly owned affiliate of BP Wind Energy will be the operator. The project created over 500 jobs during the peak of construction and some 30 permanent jobs have been created to monitor and maintain the facility now that it is online. The wind farm utilizes 294 GE wind turbines each with a rated capacity of 1.6 MW.

The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold under long-term power purchase agreements to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (310 MW), Southwestern Electric Power Company (109 MW), and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (51 MW).

“The state of Kansas has created a predictable, stable environment in which companies can invest and do business,” said John Graham, President and CEO, BP Wind Energy. “The Flat Ridge 2 wind farm is a testament to the success of this strategy and is helping the state to be a net exporter of energy.”

Katharina Garus

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