TransAlta Corp. is moving ahead with construction of the 66-megawatt New Richmond wind project located on Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec.
CALGARY: TransAlta Corp. is moving ahead with construction of the 66-megawatt New Richmond wind project located on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec.
A decree was issued from the Quebec government March 25 allowing TransAlta to begin pre-construction work in April. Commercial operations are to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.
TransAlta said the $205 million project is contracted under a long-term 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Hydro-Québec Distribution.
The Calgary-based power generation company will be working with ENERCON, the Montreal-based Canadian division of the German wind turbine technology developer and manufacturer, to supply and install 33 E82 wind turbines.
“As a part of our wind growth strategy, the addition of the New Richmond project will increase our wind portfolio to 1,139 megawatts,” said Steve Snyder, TransAlta’s president and CEO. “Building our presence in a key market such as Quebec is an important part of our goal to enhance shareholder value, as well as strengthen our position as the premier wind power generator in Canada.”
The project will produce enough energy to power about 10,500 Quebec homes and should gnerate about 100 jobs during the development and construction phases.
TransAlta currently operates the 99-megawatt Le Nordais wind facility, also located on the Gaspé Peninsula.