Workshop to provide guidance on how building contractors can tap into wind farm construction

To help prepare the state for the four new wind farms and 800 megawatts of electricity that are planned for the next two years, the Kansas Department of Commerce is hosting a workshop on wind farm construction and logistics.

The workshop will be Aug. 9 in Wichita and will focus on how the state’s construction industry can tap into the supply chain needed for the construction of those wind farms.

From digging trenches to electrical work, subcontractors are needed for nearly every phase of the wind farm construction process. Those involved in planning, logistics, trucking, transmission, tower wiring and substation, site and foundation construction are encouraged to attend. Suppliers of fuel, metal materials, hardware and lumber are also needed for wind farm construction projects.

In 2011 and 2012, the four wind farms will be built in Ford, Gray, Lincoln, Ellsworth and Elk counties.

The workshop will provide information on the upcoming projects in Kansas, the opportunities available to building contractors within the state and the qualifications needed to work on the projects. It will also cover how the projects are managed and the expectations of wind farm developers and general contractors.

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita. The cost for those who register before the Aug. 4 deadline is $50. For more information, visit the workshop's registration page.

By Christine Metz

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