Grand Bend to get connected
EHV power cable will join the new wind farm to Canada’s power grid
Nexans has won the contract to supply extra high voltage (EHV) cables to the Grand Bend wind farm in Ontario, Canada.
The multi-million dollar cable connection will be provided by Nexans in conjunction with construction partners Black & McDonald and global EPC firm AMEC Foster Wheeler.
The wind farm will power 30,000 homes and is part of a sustainability project between Canadian developer Northland Power, the Aamjiwannang First Nation of Sarnia and the Bkejwanong First Nation at Walpole.
Northland is constructing the 100MW Grand Bend wind farm, consisting of 2428 hectares along the eastern shore of Lake Huron. The facility is expected to be operational in 2016.
Nexans’ specialised facility in South Carolina will design, develop and manufacture 105 km of EHV power cable to connect the new wind farm to Canada’s power grid.
The 230kV XLPE cable will provide the connection between the wind farm substation and the local utility (Hydro One) substation.
The Grand Bend project has been awarded a contract by the Ontario Power Authority under its feed-in tariff (FIT) program, under which the OPA agrees to buy renewable energy generated by eligible projects at fixed prices under long term contracts.
Image: Northland Power previously constructed the Mont Louis wind farm in Quebec (Northland Power)