The Dokie Wind Project, BC’s largest wind farm, has begun generating electricity.
Working on turbine towers at the Dokie Wind Project.
Photo: Plutonic Power
Mortenson Canada Corp., the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor, has erected 48 wind turbines. Nine of them have completed final commissioning tests and are ready for operation. The substation and transmission lines have also been commissioned and energized.
Prior to commercial operation, the project, located 1,100 kilometres northeast of Vancouver near Chetwynd, will sell energy generated during commissioning to Powerex, a subsidiary of BC Hydro.
“The start of energy generation at the Dokie Wind Project represents Plutonic’s and GE Energy Financial Services’ first wind project in Canada and a solid new growth platform for Plutonic in wind energy,” said Donald McInnes, vice-chairman and CEO of Plutonic Power.
GE Energy Financial Services acquired the wind farm last year from EarthFirst, which had suspended work on the project as it restructured under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act.
GE Energy Financial Services and Plutonic, through their jointly formed Dokie General Partnership, announced the resumption of project construction in December 2009.
The $228-million project, which includes a substation and seven kilometres of 230 kV transmission lines, will generate 320,000-340,000 megawatts per hour annually.
Commercial operation is to begin early next year.
GE and Plutonic also jointly developed BC’s largest independent run-of-river hydro project, the East Toba River and Montrose Creek hydroelectric project.