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Wigton Windfarm Limited signs US$40m expansion contract

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 8:44 AM

The State-owned Wigton Windfarm Limited and Spanish firm, Gamesa, have signed a US$40-million contract to expand the company’s wind farm complex in Rose Hill, Manchester.



Under the agreement, Gamesa will install 12 new wind turbines.



The expansion will bring Wigton’s total capacity to 62.7 megawatts of power.



Work is scheduled to begin in April with commissioning projected for February 2016.



The project is expected to create 125 jobs during its construction phase and then three permanent positions for engineers after commissioning.



It is anticipated that generation of the additional energy will reduce national oil consumption by more than 37,100 barrels per year.



This should generate savings of approximately $214 million annually based on current oil prices.



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