Samsung boosts Belle River crew
Amec Black & McDonald appointed general contractor at 100MW project
Amec Black & McDonald has been appointed general contractor for the 100MW Belle River wind farm in Ontario.
Project owners Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development plan to erect 40 Siemens SWT-3.2MW-113 turbines with 99.5-metre hub heights.
“Construction is scheduled to begin this month,” Pattern spokesman Matt Dallas told reNEWS.
The German manufacturer is producing the towers and blades at plants in Tillsonburg and Windsor in Ontario.
Turbine deliveries are slated to begin next June and construction is expected to wrap up by the fall of 2017.
Belle River, located in Essex County near the south shore of Lake St Clair, will connect to the Hydro One network via a 230kV transmission line.
The provincial Independent Electricity System Operator will buy the output under a 20-year agreement.
The project will generate an estimated C$220,000 in annual property taxes and employ about 200 workers during construction.
Samsung and Pattern bought the project in 2014 from GDF Suez Group.
The Belle River scheme forms part of Samsung’s C$5bn Green Energy Investment Agreement with the Ontario government, which includes 1069MW of wind projects and 300MW of solar.
The proponents’ 100MW North Kent 1 wind project had been appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal, however, the appellant withdrew his claim this month and the case was dismissed.
Samsung aims to bring the final GEIA wind farm online in late 2017.