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General Electric To Build Wind Energy Park In Bulgaria's Mirkovo

General Electric (GE) has expressed strong interest in developing wind energy parks in Bulgaria, specifically in the Mirkovo municipality in the Sofia region, the Bulgarian Energy Ministry press center reported Tuesday.The Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov met with the Project Manager of GE Energy Infrastructure - Energy, George Bises to discuss GE investment plans in Mirkovo.The GE Manger stated upon the meeting's conclusion that his company had identified the Mirkovo area as extremely suitable regarding production of wind energy.GE experts have visited Bulgaria twice in 2008 to conduct preliminary research of the area. The results revealed the possibility of building a wind park with power between 150 and 500 MW. The research is continuing through 2009.The Mirkovo Mayor, Tsvetanka Yotina, who also attended the meeting, stated that the GE experts have chosen terrains including municipal lands as well as lands that are State property. Yotina has requested that the State provides the land for the park.The research data shows that the investment is going to be in the amount of EUR 200 M to EUR 800 M.GE must apply for a class "A" investor certificate in order to receive support from the State per the Investment Encouragement Act, the Bulgarian Energy Minister Dimitrov pointed out.