By Wichita Business Journal

BP Wind Energy plans to build a 419-megawatt wind farm in southcentral Kansas, the company announced at a news conference Monday morning.

Flat Ridge 2 wind farm will be in an area that covers Sumner, Kingman, Barber and Harper counties.

BPâ¿¿s Flat Ridge 1 wind farm is in Harper and Kiowa counties.

The company says the new wind farm represents an $800 million investment by BP.

The wind farm is expected to employ 500 people during construction and 30 permanent employees once work is finished.

BP plans to sell 75 percent of the power to Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.

The company says more than 200 landowners will receive a total of at least $1 million a year in royalties.

BP says the wind farm will be operational by 2012.

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