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UpstreamOnline: Pair to supersize West Virginia windfarm

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US energy company Dominion and Shell Windenergy plan to add a second phase to a West Virginia windfarm, boosting its output to 264 megawatts, the companies said today.

Shell Windenergy is a unit of Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell.

The companies formed a third company, NedPower Mount Storm to own the Grant County, West Virginia windfarm.

The plans call for 50 turbines producing 100 megawatts to be located next to the first phase of 82 turbines producing 164 megawatts near Dominion’s Mount Storm Power Station, in Grant County.

The first phase is to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2007 and the second phase next year.

The full wind farm will be able to generate enough power to serve about 66,000 homes, the companies said.

A Dominion spokesman would not say how much the project will cost.

The turbines will be made by Spanish turbine-maker Gamesa.

Much of this power will serve the fast-growing northern Virginia area, from the Mount Storm Power Station via a new transmission line that Dominion has proposed to construct.

That transmission line project with Allegheny Energy is to ready by 2011. The line is currently before state public utility boards.

The turbines are to be set on the Allegheny Front, which has an average elevation of 3100 feet and is one of the best wind turbine locations in the eastern US, Dominion said.

Shell Windenergy and Texas utility TXU last week proposed building the world’s largest wind project in the Texas Panhandle. That project is to be 3000 megawatts.

Shell and TXU will also explore combining wind power with compressed air storage, in which excess power could be used to pump air underground for later use to spin turbines to make electricity.

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