MONTREAL--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, announced today that the second phase of the Lac-Alfred Wind Project (150 MW) in Quebec was declared for commercial operation on August 31, 2013.
“Throughout the 20-year contract with Hydro-Quebec, the municipalities will receive a combined annual contribution of $750,000. The smooth and expeditious permitting process proved a testament to the strong trust and cooperation we have with the local communities, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.”
Lac-Alfred represents one of the seven wind energy projects in total awarded to the company in 2008 and 2010 through Hydro-Quebec Distribution calls 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.
The Lac-Alfred Wind Project is located in the municipalities of Saint-Cléophas, Sainte-Irène, Saint-Zénon-du-Lac-Humqui and the unorganized territory (UT) of Lac Alfred in the MRC de La Matapédia and in the municipality of La Rédemption and UT Lac-à-la-Croix in the MRC de La Mitis. The 300 MW project was constructed in two phases, 150 MW each, comprising of a total of 150 wind turbines supplied by REpower and made with regionally-manufactured blades, towers and converters. Lac-Alfred Phase 1 was commissioned in January 2013.
With an investment of about CAD$700 million, the project created more than 350 jobs during the construction phase, and will provide 15 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB), participates in Lac-Alfred (phase 1 and phase 2) as a co-owner through a 50 percent investment.
EDF EN Canada Inc.'s operation and maintenance affiliate, EDF Renewable Services Inc. will provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services. Hydro-Quebec will buy the power under 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA).
“The reception and support from the communities and municipalities have greatly contributed to the success of these valuable wind projects. Together with our partner Enbridge, we proudly announce the commissioning and the delivery of clean energy to the region,” commented Benoit Rigal, Vice President, Engineering and Construction for EDF EN Canada. “Bringing all 300 megawatts of Lac-Alfred to completion ahead of schedule is a result of outstanding efforts by REpower, Borea and our EDF EN Canada team who worked together to overcome challenges due to a complex site. The entire team performed with professional diligence, always putting safety first while maintaining respect of the environment.”
Alex Couture, Project Development Director for EDF EN Canada further added, “Throughout the 20-year contract with Hydro-Quebec, the municipalities will receive a combined annual contribution of $750,000. The smooth and expeditious permitting process proved a testament to the strong trust and cooperation we have with the local communities, and we are grateful for their ongoing support.”
EDF EN Canada commissioned its first wind project, Saint-Robert-Bellarmin (80 MW), in October 2012, followed by Massif du Sud (150 MW) and Phase 1 of Lac-Alfred (150 MW) in January 2013. In total, the Company has placed into service 530 MW in Quebec which created employment opportunities for nearly 750 people in the development and construction phase.
Lac-Aflred Wind Project at a glance:
|Location||Bas-Saint-Laurent Administrative Region|
|Installed Capacity||300 MW|
|Annual Yield||1,000,000 MWh|
|Turbines||150 REpower turbines|
|Equivalent Homes Served||About 70,000|
|Construction Company||Borea Construction|
|Construction Start Date||June 2011|
|Energy Purchaser||Hydro-Quebec Distribution|
|Peak Work Force||More than 350 jobs during peak construction|
About EDF EN Canada Inc.:
EDF EN Canada, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, is a market leader in renewable energy development, with an integrated approach that covers every aspect of project origination and implementation through to electricity generation, operations and maintenance. The company offers financial strength, technical innovation and an unmatched commitment to customer service. EDF EN Canada draws on the market leadership of EDF Renewable Energy, EDF EN’s American affiliate. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF group. www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com www.edf-en.ca
About EDF Renewable Services Inc.:
EDF Renewable Services Inc. is the leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North America. With 25 years of experience, EDF Renewable Services understands renewable energy facilities represent a substantial investment. The company takes an owner-operator approach to ensure maximum returns on the asset, full project value, and ongoing profitability for new and existing facilities. As part of a global organization with utility-scale wind and solar plants, the company brings depth of experience to every project. With more than 7 gigawatts of wind and solar under contract, EDF Renewable Services is the trusted leader in O&M. For more information visit: www.edf-renewable-services.com.