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Orsted buys 103MW South Dakota wind project from Pattern

The project acquired by Orsted’s Lincoln Clean Energy unit is slated to come online in late 2020

Danish utility Orsted via its Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) subsidiary has acquired a 103MW construction-ready wind project in Butte County in the US state of South Dakota from US renewables company Pattern Energy.

The project is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Combined with its Plum Creek wind farm in Nebraska, planned for construction in 2020, this latest acquisition further expands LCE's operations into the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) market, covering the central part of the US.

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"The acquisition of this South Dakota wind farm adds to our growing portfolio of onshore wind assets and continues to broaden the geographic footprint of our asset base into the important SPP market," Lincoln Clean Energy chief executive Declan Flanagan said.

Orsted with its $580m acquisition of LCE last year had stormed back into onshore wind after a five-year absence, and deepened its footprint in the US, where it is also active in offshore wind.

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