British Columbia grants five-year extension for offshore wind project

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on Dec. 8 approved extra time to begin construction on a 396-MW offshore wind project.

Under a certificate issued to NaiKun Wind Development Inc. in December 2009, NaiKun was required to substantially start the project by Dec. 10, 2014. The company in July applied for extra time, and the office on Dec. 8 granted an extension to Dec, 10, 2019. NaiKun’s request cited an unsuccessful bid for an Electricity Purchase Agreement as the primary reason the project has not substantially started.

The NaiKun Offshore Wind Energy Project is a 396-MW wind project to be located east of Haida Gwaii in Hecate Strait which includes:

  • Up to 110 wind turbines over an area of 156 square kilometres. The turbines will be positioned on 80-metre towers mounted on foundations anchored to the seabed;
  • An underwater cable and overland transmission line connecting to BC Hydro’s grid on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert; and
  • HaidaLink, a marine cable and infrastructure supplying electricity to Graham Island near Tlell from the wind farm.

The office said about the extension: “NaiKun is confident that they have provided sufficient reason why the project has not proceeded to date. NaiKun is also aware that another extension will not be possible and that regardless of any debate whether a sufficient clean energy demand exists in the region to warrant development of the Project, if the Project is not substantially started within the timeframe of the extension, another extension will not be possible and the Project would not be able to proceed.” 

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