Kruger Energy pursues 100-MW wind project in British Columbia

Kruger Energy Isle Pierre LP proposes to construct and operate a 100-MW wind energy facility, located halfway between Prince George and Vanderhoof, British Columbia, to the north of Highway 16.

The company applied Feb. 27 at the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on the environmental review for the project. The office on March 11 ordered the project into that review, which requires the issuance of an environmental assessment certificate.

The project would consist of approximately 30‐40 wind turbines. The turbine model to be used has not been determined at this time. Likewise, connection details have not been confirmed. However, it is expected that the project will connect to an existing transmission line, to deliver power in the direction of Prince George. Upgrades to the existing line will be required between the project site and Beaverly substation, as well as at the point of interconnection, said the application.

The proposed Isle Pierre Wind Farm project is currently in the early stages of development and the exact size and footprint of the project will be determined in the near future with consideration of technical, environmental and consultation input received during the development phase. The project lies within the assessed traditional territory of the Saik’uz First Nation, Lheidli First Nation, and Nazko First Nation.

Kruger Energy Isle Pierre is a business unit of Kruger Energy Inc., which develops energy projects that promote the optimal and respectful use of natural resources. These include hydroelectric, wind power, biomass cogeneration and biogas energy plants. Kruger companies manage 32 production sites with a combined installed capacity of over 500 MW which are located in various Canadian provinces as well as in the United States. The company built and commissioned two 101.2‐MW wind farms in the municipality of Chatham‐Kent, Ontario, in 2008 and 2010, as well as 100‐MW wind farm in Québec’s Montérégie region in 2012. The company’s head office is located in Montreal, Québec.

Kruger Energy Isle Pierre is preparing the project for submission to a future BC Hydro Clean Power Call or for a future, alternate, renewable energy procurement process. The proposed project is strategically along the transmission corridor leading from Kitimat in the west to Prince George in the east. The anticipated growth in electricity load along this corridor will be substantial over the life of the proposed Isle Pierre Wind Farm. This load growth will primarily be driven by the need to provide power the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) developments near Kitimat and Prince Rupert. According to BC Hydro, powering only 15% of the electricity load of these projects may require between 800 GWh/year to 6,600 GWh/year, the application noted. 

Company contact information is: www.krugerenergy.com, William Shemie, Project Manager, Kruger Energy Inc., 3285 Chemin Bedford, Montréal, QC, H3S 1G5, Tel: 514‐343‐3227, Fax: 514‐343‐3124, E‐mail: william.shemie@kruger.com.

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