EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge have inaugurated the 300MW Lac-Alfred wind power project in Quebec.
Located in the municipalities of Saint-Cleophas, Sainte-Irene, Saint-Zenon-du-Lac-Humqui and the unorganised territory (UT) of Lac Alfred in the MRC de La Matapedia and in the municipality of La Redemption and UT Lac-a-la-Croix in the MRC de La Mitis, the project is comprised of two phases of 150MW each.
The company has commenced construction on Phase I in June 2011 and commissioned it in January 2013, while the Phase II was commissioned in August 2013.
The 300MW project, which features 150 REpower wind turbines made with local content, created more than 350 jobs during construction phases and 15 fulltime jobs for maintenance and operational phases.
Borea was responsible for construction of the C$700m ($675m) project, which will sell its electricity to Hydro-Quebec under 20-year power purchase agreements, while EDF Renewable Services, a subsidiary of EDF EN Canada, will provide operation and maintenance services to the project.
The Lac-Alfred wind power project represents one of four wind projects jointly owned by EDF EN Canada and Enbridge. In November 2011, Enbridge became a co-owner by acquiring 50% interest with an investment of $330m in the project, which will enable growth of the Quebec economy by paying annual lease of over $1m and an average annual utility tax of $900,000.
Enbridge executive vice-president of CFO and corporate development, Richard Bird, said that Enbridge has been investing in Quebec’s energy infrastructure for nearly 40 years. As a longtime partner, the company is proud to continue building strong relationships and further expand its presence in Quebec through this investment.
Lac-Alfred, which will generate enough electricity to power around 70,000 homes, is one of the company’s seven wind energy projects in total selected under Hydro-Quebec Distribution calls for tenders in 2008 and 2010. Altogether, the company will add 1,003.2MW capacity through these projects.
EDF Energies Nouvelles’ CEO Antoine Cahuzac said that the developers have completed the Lac-Alfred project with the support from the local communities, besides efforts from its dedicated team of professionals, a quality relationship with Hydro-Quebec.
Image: Lac-Alfred wind project in Quebec features Repower wind turbines. Photo: courtesy of Repower Systems.