October 21, 2008
BP Commences Commercial Operations at First Phase of Sherbino Wind Farm
BP Wind Energy has announced the beginning of full commercial operation of the first phase of the Sherbino wind farm in Pecos County, Texas. The first 150MW of the project, which has a potential capacity of 750MW, has been built through a 50-50 joint venture agreement with Padoma Wind Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy.
The first phase of the project is expected to generate enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 45,000 average US homes.Construction of the 50-wind turbine facility located some 40 miles east of Fort Stockton in Texas moved into full construction in February 2008. The first phase utilizes 50 Vestas V-90 wind turbine generators, each with a rated capacity of 3MW. BP will operate this phase of the project.
The clean power produced from the first phase of the project will be delivered into the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) transmission system and sold on the wholesale power market. By the end of 2008, BP Wind Energy North America expects to generate over 1,000MW of zero-carbon electricity from its wind projects.
Robert Lukefahr, president of BP Wind Energy North America, said: "The successful commercial operation of Phase-1 of the Sherbino wind farm with our partner NRG Energy is another example of BP's commitment to grow its wind portfolio in the US."