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Partners pile into North Kent

Samsung and Pattern start preliminary work on 100MW project in Ontario

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Partners Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development have started work at the 100MW North Kent wind farm in southwest Ontario.

Preliminary foundation piling is underway in preparation for full construction slated to kick off in late April or early May, said Pattern.

North Kent is expected to employ about 200 construction workers and create about 10 permanent jobs once operational.

Siemens will supply a mix of 36 SWT 3.2MW, 2.942MW and 2.772MW turbines.

The German manufacturer is producing the towers and blades at plants in Tillsonburg and Windsor in Ontario.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has the option to buy a 15% equity stake in the project.

Municipally-owned Entegrus will obtain maintenance contracts for the life of the wind farm.

The Independent Electricity System Operator has agreed to buy the output under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The proponents expect North Kent to reach completion at the end of 2017 or early 2018.

The North Kent scheme is the final project in Samsung’s C$5bn Green Energy Investment Agreement with the Ontario government, which includes 1069MW of wind projects and 300MW of solar.

Image: Siemens

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