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EDF unveils 650MW Peace plan

EXCLUSIVE: Wind farm construction costs pegged at C$1.5bn

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EDF EN Canada has taken the wraps off a pair of early stage wind projects in northwestern British Columbia, writes Patti Lane.

The developer proposes to build the 400MW Taylor and 250MW Sundance farms in the Peace River region. EDF acquired the projects from Victoria-based Avro Wind Energy, which initiated both proposals and is continuing to assist with development.

The Taylor project area covers 6500 hectares of privately owned cattle rangeland, about 30 kilometers southeast of Fort St. John. EDF estimates a capital cost of more than C$900m.

The proponent is considering two interconnection options, a seven-kilometer wire to a 130kV BC Hydro line or a 26-kilometer link to a 138kV transmission line.

The 4000-hectare Sundance site is on provincial Crown land about 20 kilometers north of Tumbler Ridge. The wind-resource monitoring program began in 2003, making Sundance one of the earliest developed wind projects in British Columbia, said EDF.

The proponent pegs the cost to build Sundance at C$600m. The proposed interconnection to the BC Hydro grid will be at a 230kV transmission line about 17 kilometers southwest of the site.

EDF said it aims to submit the two projects into future BC Hydro power calls. It’s not known when the province plans to seek additional supplies of renewable energy. Both sites could be built in phases, said the developer.

BC regulators have kicked off the environmental review process. Consultancy GL Garrad Hassan is handling the environmental assessments for Taylor and Sundance.

Image: Agricultural land near Fort St. John (Pictures BC)

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