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Cielo Wind Power Teams with Wood Group GTS for Wind Turbine Services

Wood Group Wood Group GTS has been awarded multiple 10-year contracts for operations, maintenance and management services for three wind power generation projects developed and owned by subsidiaries of Cielo Wind Power, LP, of Austin, Texas.

Wood Group GTS will provide wind turbine services for the Texico Wind Ranch®, Lubbock Wind Ranch and an additional project in the final stages of development. These agreements cover three Vestas V-47 660kW wind turbines at Texico and three Samsung Heavy Industries 2.5MW wind turbines at Lubbock. The completed development project will have approximately 34 wind turbines of greater than 2 MW output each.

Mitch Robinson, president of Wood Group GTS - Renewable Energy, stated, "Alignment with a proven developer such as Cielo is an ideal relationship whereby Wood Group GTS's services will include technical and operational risk management, enhancing the value of Cielo's projects. This agreement marks a significant step for Wood Group GTS as we apply our extensive experience of power generation facility operations and maintenance and technical knowledge to serve the renewable energy industry."

Walt Hornaday, president of Cielo, said, "Cielo is pleased to team with Wood Group GTS. We view them as an ideal service provider due to their partnership approach and ability to manage facility risks. We are confident that Wood Group GTS will enhance the value of our projects and look forward to the possibility of Wood Group GTS providing additional services on Cielo's project pipeline of approximate 4,000MW."

Wood Group (John Wood Group PLC) is an international energy services company with more than $5bn sales, employing 28,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering & Production Facilities, Well Support, and Gas Turbine Services - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas and power generation industries worldwide.

Wood Group GTS is a leading independent provider of services and solutions for clients in the power, oil & gas and renewable energy markets. Worldwide, these services include; power plant engineering, procurement and construction management, facility operations & maintenance, repair & overhaul of gas, wind and steam turbines, pumps, compressors and other high-speed rotating equipment.

Cielo Wind Power, LP (Cielo) is based in Austin, Texas and is the largest independently owned wind developer in the US. Wind Ranch is a registered trademark licensed to Cielo and represents the ideals the company embraces in taking necessary steps to minimize the impact of wind projects on farming, ranching and natural uses of the land.

Published 19/01/2010

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