Montreal, Quebec, October 16, 2012 — EDF EN Canada Inc., a unit of EDF Energies Nouvelles, announces the commercial operation of its first wind project in Quebec — Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Wind Project.
Saint-Robert-Bellarmin is one of seven wind energy projects awarded to the company in 2008 through Hydro-Quebec 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 $200 million, the project created up to 150 jobs during the construction phase, and will provide at least five permanent operations and maintenance jobs. Located in the municipality of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin of the MRC du Granit, the project will generate green energy to power the equivalent of over 18,000 Quebec homes.
The 40 turbines, supplied by REpower, are rated at 2 MW each. The towers were built in Matane and Trois-Riviàƒ¨res; the blades in Gaspàƒ©; some of the electrical components in New Richmond and other parts throughout Quebec. EDF Renewable Services Inc. will provide operations and maintenance services.
EDF EN Canada is currently constructing two other sites in Quebec: Massif du Sud Wind Project (150 MW) and Lac-Alfred Wind Project Phase I (150 MW), both with an expected operational date of December 2012. In total, the company will place into service 380 MW in 2012 employing nearly 700 people in the development and construction phase.