Geronimo to delay 200-MW N Dakota wind farm - report
Jun 25, 2014 - US firm Geronimo Energy expects to put on stream the 200-MW Courtenay wind farm in North Dakota in 2015, instead of 2014, the McClatchy-Tribune news service said Tuesday, citing a company official.
Construction of the USD-350-million (EUR 257m) project was initially planned to begin in the spring of 2014, while commissioning of the facility was scheduled for later that year.
The delay is due to the late completion of the engineering studies that are needed to connect the planned wind farm to the power grid, said Geronimo’s vice president for development Betsy Engelking, as quoted by the media. In addition, the developer has failed to sign an interconnect agreement in time and obtain financing for this year.
The Courtenay wind farm will consist of 100 turbines installed in Stutsman County. The project has already received a construction permit by the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
In the autumn, wind and solar power developer Geronimo intends to make road improvements related to the scheme. It will start construction works as soon as load restrictions are removed, possibly in the spring of 2015, Engelking said. Wanzek Construction will build the wind complex.
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