Construction Begins at Pringle Wind Farm in Texas Panhandle

Balfour Wind Energy Constructors, a strategic and operational joint venture between Balfour Beatty Construction and Wind Energy Constructors, together with SW1, a joint venture between DeWind Energy Development and Higher Perpetual Energy, today announced construction has commenced at the 20MW Pringle Wind Farm in the Texas Panhandle. The announcement was made during the American Wind Energy Association’s annual Windpower Conference and Exposition.

In early 2010, SW1’s operational subsidiaries awarded DeWind Co. the $30 million contract, consisting of 10 units of DeWind’s D8.2 model wind turbines.

"We expect our new D8.2 generators to become widely recognized in the U.S. through this project," said Robert Rugh, president of DeWind Co.

In late 2009, Balfour Beatty and Wind Energy Constructors formed their joint venture. In addition to the Pringle project, Balfour Wind Energy Constructors is currently constructing the 150MW Phase I of the Alta Wind Energy Center near Tehachapi, Calif.

"Our combined strength and abilities allow us to handle concurrent projects throughout the western U.S. in complex and difficult sites," said Mark Bradley, project director for Balfour Wind Energy Constructors.

Construction of the Pringle wind farm is scheduled for completion by the end of the third quarter of this year.

Balfour Wind Energy Constructors is a strategic and operational joint venture between Dallas, Texas-based Balfour Beatty Construction and Mojave, Calif.-based Wind Energy Constructors. Balfour Beatty Construction, with revenues of $3.4 billion, is among the largest commercial contractors in the U.S. and a subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty, plc, a FTSE 100 firm. Wind Energy Constructors, founded in 1984, is one of the most experienced wind farm construction companies in the U.S.

DeWind Corporation is an international manufacturer of Multi-Megawatt Wind Turbines and has been a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering DSME since September 2009, with engineering based in Germany and sales located in both Germany and the U.S. Production of the D8.2 turbine with Voith WinDrive ® is situated in Round Rock, Texas.

DeWind has to date installed more than 570 turbines world wide in three wind turbine families, the D4, D6, and D8, varying in rated power between 500 kW and 2000 kW. Each turbine family evolved from the previous family, building on the lessons learned and incorporating innovation to bring value for the customer.