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German energy group E.on SE (ETR:EOAN) has contracted General Electric (NYSE:GE) to repower its 258-MW Panther Creek I and Panther Creek II wind farms in West Texas.
E.on said in a statement on Thursday that the installation and commissioning of the machines is part of its equipment supply contract with GE. The project will boost the annual production of the 172 turbines at the two wind parks and will extend their lifespan. Both plants are equipped with GE 1.5 MW SLE machines.
The repowering is expected to be completed in the third quarter of next year.
The Panther Creek I wind farm in Howard and Glasscock counties, with a capacity of 142.5 MW, uses 95 GE turbines that have been generating electricity since September 2008. The second phase facility, located in Texas’ Glasscock and Sterling counties, is powered by 77 turbines with a combined capacity of 115.5 MW. It has been operational since end-2008.
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