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Innergex puts feet up in Quebec

Developer to finish foundation work later this month at 150MW project

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Canadian developer Innergex Renewable Energy is wrapping up foundation construction at the 150MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MU) project in Quebec.

Contractor Borea Construction is restarting work after a winter break and is expected to backfill the final base this month.

The wind farm, a 50-50 joint venture with the Mi’gmaq communities of the Gaspé Peninsula, will comprise 47 Senvion turbines – 46 3.2MW-114 units and one 2.05MW machine.

Turbine component manufacturing is progressing and delivery is expected to start by June, said Innergex in a quarterly earnings report.

LM Wind Power is fabricating blades at a plant in the Gaspé.

Substation construction is underway, the control building has been delivered and crews have started installing the collector system.

Quebec contractor Thirau is building a 25km 230kV power line to connect the wind farm to the transmission grid.

Innergex said the estimated cost of the project has dropped by C$35m to C$305m, due to lower project financing costs and the use of larger and fewer turbines than originally planned.

The Quebec-headquartered developer expects to start commercial operation by 1 December.

Provincial utility Hydro-Quebec will buy the electricity generated under a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement.

In the future, Innergex said it is in the preliminary development phase on 3530MW of potential projects.

Some are targeted to specific markets, such as New Brunswick’s 40MW call for wind projects by Aboriginal businesses and Ontario’s upcoming 930MW tender for wind, solar, hydroelectric and bioenergy generation.

Image: Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm (Innergex)

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