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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 04:38 PM

Wind Energy Plans $550 Million of Projects in Thailand by 2016

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-31/wind-energy-plans-550-million-of-projects-in-thailand-by-2016.html

Wind Energy Holding Co., a Bangkok- based developer, plans to add 270 megawatts of wind-power plants in Thailand costing as much as $550 million as the nation seeks to boost its clean-energy production.

Wind Energy will develop three projects each with a 90- megawatt capacity in the Korat province north of Bangkok, said Aaron Daniels, vice president of business development.

Thailand, hoping to rebound from its worst floods in 70 years last year, is aiming to get 25 percent of its energy from renewables by 2022 to curb dependence on fuel imports. The nation, which offers premium payments for wind power, imports about 80 percent of its oil, according to the Ministry of Energy.

Wind Energy is looking for lenders and equity investors in the projects, Daniels said today by phone from Bangkok. The company plans to open a bidding process for the turbine supplier late this quarter or early the next, Daniels said. The projects should be connected to the grid in 2016, he said.

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