Northland’s 100-MW Grand Bend wind project in Ontario goes commercial

Canada-based Northland Power said in a May 11 earnings report that a recent highlight for the company was the April startup of commercial operations at the 100-MW Grand Bend wind project in Ontario.

On April 19, the Grand Bend wind farm declared commercial operations under its 20-year Ontario Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contract, with all 40 wind turbines producing revenues and operating as planned. The commercial operations start was ahead of previously disclosed timing due to the contractors and suppliers taking advantage of favorable weather conditions and providing additional staff to advance commissioning. Capital cost of the project was within budget.

Northland and an entity created by the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) jointly developed the 100-MW (50 MW net to Northland) Grand Bend project under a 50/50 partnership.

Northland Power also continues to advance two big wind projects in the North Sea off of Europe.

  • For the 600-MW Gemini offshore wind project, in February 2016 Northland announced that the first wind turbine was installed and commenced producing power. As of this point, 50 wind turbines, representing over a third of the total wind turbines, have been installed with 27 wind turbines producing power and earning pre-completion revenues. Installation of the wind turbines will continue throughout 2016, and may continue into early 2017. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2017, remains on time and within budget.
  • The 332-MW Nordsee One offshore wind project located in the North Sea continues to progress as expected during the first quarter of 2016 and remains on time and within budget. In April 2016, the project announced that all 54 foundation monopiles and transition pieces had been successfully installed. The offshore substation jacket foundation was also successfully installed in early May 2016. Construction of the offshore substation topside continues on schedule for installation in the summer of 2016. Production of in-field cables is nearly complete and production of the wind turbines has commenced. Full commercial operations are expected by the end of 2017.

As of March 31, 2016, Northland owns or has a net economic interest in completed power producing facilities with a total operating capacity of approximately 1,338 MW. Northland’s operating assets comprise facilities that produce electricity from renewable resources and natural gas for sale primarily under long-term PPAs with creditworthy customers in order to provide cash flow stability.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.