Wednesday, February 13, 2013

EDF's 350 MW wind project in Canada gets approval: REpower to supply 175 two MW turbines

Canada’s largest wind project to date is moving forward after the Quebec provincial government issued a decree authorizing the construction and operation of EDF EN Canada’s 350 MW Rivière-du-Moulin wind project.

Suzlon Group’s subsidiary REpower Systems SE has signed a contract with EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, for the delivery of 175 2 MW wind turbines of the REpower MM82 and MM92 type for a project in Quebec, Canada. With a total rated output of 350 MW the Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm will be the biggest project in the history of REpower.

The project, located in the unorganised territories (UT) of Lac Pikauba and of Lac-Ministuk, north of the City of Quebec, will be developed in two phases: Construction of the first 150 MW starts in 2013, commissioning is set for December 2014. The second phase of 200 MW is scheduled for commissioning in December 2015.

The contract is part of the framework agreement of up to 954 MW signed between EDF EN and REpower in 2009. In less than one year, REpower delivered, installed and commissioned a record of 190 REpower MM82 and MM92 turbines aggregating 380 MW in a special cold climate version for three EDF EN Canada wind farms: Massif du Sud, Phase 1 of Lac Alfred and Saint-Robert-Bellarmin. Two of them – Massif du Sud and Phase 1 of Lac Alfred – just recently went into commercial operation.

Sources: CANWea, EDF and REpower Press Releases

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