EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) on June 20 dedicated the 150-MW Massif du Sud Wind Project.
Massif du Sud generates enough clean electricity to meet the needs of about 35,000 Quebec homes. With an investment of close to C$340m, the project created more than 250 jobs during the peak construction phase, and around ten permanent operation and maintenance jobs, the companies noted in a June 20 statement.
“From the early stages of development, thru implementation to commissioning, the teams successfully overcame complex challenges in record time and above all putting safety as a first priority,” said Benoit Rigal, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, EDF EN Canada. “This valuable project is another step forward to advance the growth of EDF EN in Québec and Canada.”
“The success of this project is due to support from the communities in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region and to the Quebec Government’s continuing support of renewable energy generation in the province,” said Don Thompson, Vice President, Green Energy & Power Transmission. “With the dedication event of Massif du Sud, Enbridge is proud to expand its presence in the province with our first operational Quebec-based renewable energy project.”
Alex Couture, Project Development Director for EDF EN Canada, added: “Throughout the 20-year contract with Hydro-Quebec, the municipalities concerned by these projects will receive a combined annual contribution of over [C[$300,000.”
One of seven wind energy projects awarded to EDF EN Canada through a Hydro-Quebec call for tenders, Massif du Sud consists of 75 wind turbines supplied by REpower.
Construction of Massif du Sud commenced in November 2011 and it reached commercial operation on Jan. 18. In total, EDF EN Canada will develop and build 1,003.2 MW in the province over the next three years. This project represents one of two Quebec wind projects jointly owned by EDF EN Canada and Enbridge.
EDF EN Canada’s operation and maintenance affiliate, EDF Renewable Services Inc., provides long-term operations and maintenance services.