Renewable Energy, Wind

Quebec government approves EDF wind energy project

The government of Quebec authorized EDF EN Canada Inc., a unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles, to build and operate the 350 MW Rivière-du-Moulin wind power project.

In addition, the company has placed an order with turbine supplier REpower Systems SE for the project.

Rivière-du-Moulin Wind Project, located in the unorganized territory of Lac-Pikauba in the MRC de Charlevoix and the UT of Lac-Ministuk in the MRC du Fjord-du–Saguenay, will be the largest wind energy facility in Canada with a single power purchase agreement when commissioned.

The wind farm will be developed in two phases: the first tranche of 150 MW is expected to begin construction in 2013 and reach commissioning in December 2014. The second tranche of 200 MW is scheduled for commissioning in December 2015.

Rivière-du-Moulin represents the fourth and largest project of the seven awarded to EDF EN Canada in 2008 and 2010 through Hydro-Quebec Distribution’s call for tenders. By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have developed and built a total of 1,003.2 MW in the province.

With an investment of close to $800 million, the project will create about 300 jobs during the construction phase, and 20 permanent operation and maintenance jobs.

REpower will supply the wind turbines. LM Wind Power will supply the blades from their Gaspé plant; towers will be produced at Marmen’s Matane plant; and SEG Woodward will assemble the electrical converters in New Richmond.