ACCIONA to supply turbines for 102-MW Nova Scotia wind farm

ACCIONA said Dec. 20 that it has signed a contract to supply 34 turbines for a 102-MW wind farm in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

The company said it will carry out the construction, internal electrical infrastructures and assembly, and will also undertake the operation and maintenance of the facility.

The South Canoe wind farm, which will be the largest in Nova Scotia, has been developed by three local companies: Oxford Frozen Foods, Minas Basin Pulp and Power and utility company Nova Scotia Power, to which the power generated will be sold. It will use ACCIONA Windpower AW3000/116 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3 MW, hub height of 92 meters, and a rotor diameter of 116 meters.

“ACCIONA was able to deliver what the South Canoe Project team asked for: a complete solution including highly-reliable and high-capacity turbines, construction services and operations and maintenance,” said Ilya Hartmann, CEO of ACCIONA Energy North America. “We’re pleased to apply our full range of wind energy services to provide the best value for this project.”

ACCIONA Windpower North America CEO Enrique Teruel said the company “is proud to be part of the South Canoe Wind Project and to continue expanding the track record of our AW3000 turbine in North America.”

To date, orders for the AW3000 turbines amount to 1,491 MW, with the machines destined for wind farms in nine different countries. Nearly half this figure is for wind farms in North America, and 78% of the total capacity will be supplied to customers outside the ACCIONA Group.

South Canoe will be the third wind farm incorporating ACCIONA Windpower turbines in Canada’s Maritime Provinces. The ACCIONA Group subsidiary signed a contract for the supply of AW3000/116 turbines for a 30-MW wind farm on Prince Edward Island, which is currently in the assembly phase. The 45-MW Lamèque wind farm in New Brunswick has been in operation since 2011; it is owned by ACCIONA Energía and is equipped with 1.5-MW AW1500 turbines.

As an owner, ACCIONA also participates in three other wind farms in Canada: Magrath and Chin Chute in the province of Alberta (both 30 MW) and Ripley in Ontario (76 MW).

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