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Kruger Energy opens Kruger Energy Chatham Wind Farm in Ontario with $310M 101.2-megawatt project

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Kruger Energy opens Kruger Energy Chatham Wind Farm in Ontario with $310M 101.2-megawatt project

June 29, 2011 - 05:59
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CHATHAM-KENT, ON, June 28, 2011 (CNW) -Kruger Energy, a leading Canadian producer of renewable energy, celebrated today the official opening of the Kruger Energy Chatham (KEC) Wind Farm in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario. The official ceremony was attended by Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kruger, Dave Van Kesteren, MP for Chatham-Kent-Essex; Pat Hoy, MPP, Chatham-Kent-Essex; Randy Hope, Mayor, and many residents who came out to applaud the completion of this 101.2-megawatt project which required investments of approximately $310-million.

"Kruger Energy is very proud of this latest achievement and, more importantly, of helping to increase green energy sources for the benefit of all Ontarians," said Jean Roy, Vice President and General Manager of Kruger Energy. "We are also very pleased to have created jobs and a positive economic impact for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, which was so welcoming from the outset," he added.

This is the second wind farm built by Kruger Energy in this municipality located on the shores of Lake Erie. Just like the Kruger Energy Port Alma (KEPA) Project, completed in 2008, the Kruger Energy Chatham Project consists of 44 wind turbines that will generate enough electricity to power some 30,000 households in Ontario.

The KEPA and KEC Wind Farms have a combined annual output of approximately 600 gigawatt hours (GWh), which is sold to the Ontario Power Authority(OPA) under 20-year supply contracts.

About Kruger Energy

Kruger Energy is a business unit of Kruger Inc. that specializes in the development and management of green and renewable energy power plants. Kruger and Kruger Energy own and operate over 30 production sites, ranging from hydroelectric and wind power plants to biomass cogeneration and biogas plants, and whose total installed capacity is approximately 425 MW.

About Kruger

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States.