MONTREAL--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, announces the commercial operation of its first wind project in Quebec -- Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Wind Project.
Saint-Robert-Bellarmin is one of seven wind energy projects awarded to the company in 2008 through Hydro-Quebec call for tenders. By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have developed and built a total of 1,003.2 MW in the province.
"The reception and support from the community of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin and the MRC du Granit have largely contributed to the success of this project," said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF EN North America. "We extend our gratitude to the Quebec Government departments for their diligence to develop this project in an accelerated mode."
With an investment of close to $200 million, the project created up to 150 jobs during the construction phase, and will provide at least five permanent operations and maintenance jobs. Located in the municipality of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin of the MRC du Granit, the project will generate green energy to power the equivalent of over 18,000 Quebec homes. The 40 turbines, supplied by REpower, are rated at 2 MW each. The towers were built in Matane and Trois-Rivières; the blades in Gaspé; some of the electrical components in New Richmond and other parts throughout Quebec. EDF Renewable Services Inc. will provide operations and maintenance services.
"We are fortunate to build these amazing projects and proud to provide clean energy to the communities who have shown us tremendous support," said David Gallagher, Program Manager for EDF EN Canada. "Constructing a wind project in a complex terrain within a short time frame while ensuring the safety of workers and the respect of the environment comes with challenges, and the success of completing the project on schedule and under budget is owed to everyone who dedicated their best effort: EDF EN's on-site construction team, REpower, Borea, the municipality of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin, the MRC of le Granit and Hydro-Quebec."
Alex Couture, Project Development Director for EDF EN Canada, further added, "Throughout the 20-year contract with Hydro-Quebec, the City of Saint-Robert-Bellarmin will receive annual contributions from EDF EN Canada of about $160,000. In addition, the company established a Development Fund to contribute up to $40,000 per year in support of local community initiated projects."
EDF EN Canada is currently constructing two other sites in Quebec: Massif du Sud Wind Project (150 MW) and Lac-Alfred Wind Project Phase I (150 MW), both with an expected operational date of December 2012. In total, the Company will place into service 380 MW in 2012 employing nearly 700 people in the development and construction phase.
About EDF EN Canada Inc.:
EDF EN Canada, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, is a market leader in renewable energy development, with an integrated approach that covers every aspect of project origination and implementation through to electricity generation, operations and maintenance. The company offers financial strength, technical innovation and an unmatched commitment to customer service. EDF EN Canada draws on the market leadership of EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, EDF EN's American affiliate. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF group. www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com www.edf-en.ca
About EDF Renewable Services Inc:
EDF Renewable ServicesInc -- formerly enXco Service Corporation -- is the leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North America. With 25 years of experience, EDF Renewable Services understands renewable energy facilities represent a substantial investment. The company takes an owner-operator approach to ensure maximum returns on the asset, full project value, and ongoing profitability for new and existing facilities. As part of a global organization with utility-scale wind and solar plants, the company brings depth of experience to every project. With more than 6 gigawatts of wind and solar under contract, EDF Renewable Services is the trusted leader in O&M. For more information visit: www.edf-renewable-services.com