EDF, Enbridge dedicate 300-MW Quebec wind project

EDF EN Canada and Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) on Sept. 18 dedicated the 300-MW Lac-Alfred Wind Project, which is is the third project to be placed into service for the EDF EN Canada and Enbridge partnership, bringing total installed wind capacity in Quebec to 530 MW.

Construction of Lac-Alfred commenced in June 2011 and it reached commercial operation in two phases: Phase 1 (150 MW) in January; and Phase 2 (150 MW) in August. In total, EDF EN Canada will develop and build 1,003 MW through seven wind energy projects awarded to EDF EN Canada through a Hydro-Quebec call for tenders. This project represents one of four wind projects jointly owned by EDF EN Canada and Enbridge.

With an investment of about C$700m, the project created more than 350 jobs during the peak construction phase, and around 15 permanent operation and maintenance jobs.

“A project of this magnitude comes as a result of several years of work by a dedicated team of professionals, a quality relationship with Hydro-Quebec and more importantly the support and involvement of the local communities,” said Antoine Cahuzac, CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles. “I am proud to take part in this dedication and extend my congratulations to the EDF EN Canada team not only for the completion of the largest wind project for our company, but also for their vision of renewable energy and priorities to develop and build each project with attention to safety and responsibility to the local environment.”

Al Kurzenhauser, COO of EDF EN Canada, added: “Over the next 20 years of this contract with Hydro-Quebec, the local municipalities will receive a combined contribution of $750,000 annually. We offer our sincere gratitude to the local communities for their support and enthusiasm of this magnificent project.”

“Enbridge has been investing in Quebec’s energy infrastructure for nearly 40 years,” said Richard Bird, Executive Vice President, CFO & Corporate Development, Enbridge. “As a longtime partner, we’re proud to continue building strong relationships and further expand our presence in Quebec through this investment.”

“The successful completion of Lac Alfred, ahead of schedule, is the result of local community and municipality support, combined with the efforts of Enbridge, EDF EN Canada and our partners over the past two years,” added Don Thompson, Vice President, Green Power & Transmission for Enbridge. “With all 300 megawatts of Lac-Alfred now online, more than one-third of Enbridge’s total wind power capacity is now in Quebec. This reflects our view of Quebec as an attractive place to do business and we continue to investigate opportunities to expand our investments in the province.”

Lac-Alfred consists of 150 wind turbines supplied by REpower, with a portion of the equipment procured from the designated region of Gaspésie-Bas-Saint-Laurent.

“We are pleased to be part of the dedication of Lac-Alfred today, which is the biggest wind farm in Quebec to date. Together with EDF EN Canada, REpower has installed 530 MW in Quebec within a very short time frame,” said Helmut Herold, CEO, REpower Systems .

EDF EN Canada’s operation and maintenance affiliate, EDF Renewable Services, provides long-term operations and maintenance services.

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.

As a transporter of energy, Enbridge operates, in Canada and the U.S., the world’s longest crude oil and liquids transportation system. The company also has a significant and growing involvement in natural gas gathering, transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power transmission. As a generator of energy, Enbridge has interests in close to 1,600 MW of renewable and alternative energy generating capacity and is expanding its interests in wind, solar and geothermal energy.

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