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BP and Sempra Gas & Power to Develop 560 megawatt of Wind Power

BP, one of the world's largest energy companies, has again teamed up with Sempra US Gas & Power, a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas solutions, in order to develop the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania and the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm in Kansas; a combined investment of more than $1 billion. The wind farms will be the largest in their respective states, produce a combined output of 560 megawatts, and are due to be completed by the end of 2012.

The 141 MW of energy generated by the Mehoopany Wind Farm has already been sold under contract to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc.  The contracts were negotiated by the National Renewables Cooperative Organization.

The Flat Ridge 2 Wind farm will be able to generate 419 MW of renewable power, which been sold under contracts to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Southwestern Electric Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power.  A third contract has been secured but has yet to be announced.

“Today’s announcement reinforces BP’s commitment to produce essential sources of energy and provide cost-competitive power to our customers,” said John Graham, president and CEO, BP Wind Energy.  “Our strategic relationship with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power also continues to grow as a result of our aligned thinking and professional approach to energy generation.  As new members of the community where the Mehoopany and Flat Ridge 2 wind farms are to be built, we will strive to further enhance our proven track record in construction safety and on-going operational excellence.”

“Through strategic partnerships with world-class companies like BP, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power continues to grow a highly successful wind business while extending its position as a leading solar energy developer,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.  “This is an exciting time for our company.  Over the next 12 months we expect to more than double the size of our operating wind and solar generation portfolios, resulting in significantly improved recurring cash flows from long-term contracted assets.”

BP will be the operator of both wind farms when they become commercially operational.

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