Enbridge buys into 80-MW EDF EN wind project in Quebec

Acquires 50% of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin operation 300 km east of Montreal.

Saint-Robert-Bellarmin provides power to 18,000 homes. Photo: EDF EN Canada

CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. is acquiring a 50% interest in the 80-megawatt Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Wind Project in Quebec from EDF EN Canada.

No financial details were provided.

Located in Saint-Robert-Bellarmin, about 300 kilometres east of Montreal, the project reached commercial operation in October 2012 and delivers energy to Hydro-Quebec Distribution that powers 18,000 homes under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“The acquisition of 50% of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin is Enbridge’s third partnership with EDF EN Canada for wind power facilities in Quebec’s attractive wind energy market, delivering solid returns and stable cash flow,” said Don Thompson, vice-president, Green Energy & Power Transmission at the Calgary-based energy company.

Built by Borea Construction and comprised of 40 REpower 2-megawatt turbines, Saint-Robert-Bellarmin created up to 150 jobs during the construction phase and includes a significant portion of regionally manufactured components.

EDF EN Canada Inc.’s operation and maintenance affiliate EDF Renewable Services Inc. in Montreal will continue to provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services.

EDF EN is an EDF Energies Nouvelles company, a Paris-based developer of renewable energy.