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Minneapolis, MN (SPX) Dec 31, 2012
With the recent completion of turbine erection for the EDF Renewable Energy-owned, Bobcat Bluff Wind Project, Mortenson Construction's Renewable Energy Group completed a record breaking year.
In 2012, Mortenson erected approximately 1,200 turbines for 21 wind projects across eight states. Notably, after installing the final turbine at Bobcat Bluff in early November, Mortenson achieved mechanical completion six weeks ahead of schedule. All told, the projects Mortenson completed in 2012 will generate approximately 2,400 megawatts of renewable energy nationwide.
Located in Archer City, Texas, the 150-megawatt Bobcat Bluff project represents the 16th project Mortenson has built in the Lone Star State and the 23rd project built to date for long-time customer, EDF Renewable Energy. Since entering the wind industry in 1995, Mortenson has constructed a total of 124 wind projects across North America.
"We are honored to have participated in the expansion of EDF Renewable Energy's growing wind portfolio," said Tim Maag, VP and general manager for Mortenson's Renewable U.S. Wind Energy Group. "It's fitting that the final project of the year is the result of an 11-year partnership with such a valued customer- culminating our most successful year in the wind industry in our 17-year history,"
Mortenson began construction in May and was responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of access roads, foundations, underground collection system, transmission line, substation, o and M building, and the erection of 100, GE 1.5 MW, SLE turbines.
During construction approximately 100 Texas residents were employed by Mortenson and its trade partners. It is estimated that over $2,600,000 in cumulative dollars were paid to local businesses and approximately $8,200,000 were paid to other business throughout the state as a result of the construction of the project. Bobcat Bluff will generate power for approximately 45,000 households
Since entering the renewable energy market in 1995, Mortenson Construction has become the leading builder of wind power facilities in North America having constructed more than 120 wind projects generating over 13,000 megawatts of renewable power throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to wind power, Mortenson's Renewable Energy Groups, also construct facilities that generate solar power and emerging renewables and high voltage transmission distribution.
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