Bids sought for wind farm to help power Pantex

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Associated Press

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Bids are being sought to run a wind farm meant to help power the Pantex nuclear weapons plant in the Texas Panhandle.

Pantex officials said Thursday that the site will include five turbines on 1,500 acres of government land.

The privately run wind farm near Pantex, about 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, would be the first at a National Nuclear Security Administration facility.

An energy savings contract allowed agencies to initiate projects without up-front capital costs from the government.

Pantex assistant manager Johnnie Guelker (GUL'-ker) says the contract will probably include a $25 million investment by the winning bidder. The wind-generated power will be supplemented by energy from a regular power-providing company.

Bids are due Sept. 6.

Pantex is the nation's nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility.

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