EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge Inc., along with over 100 attendees, dedicated the 300 MW Lac-Alfred wind project in Quebec on Wednesday.
Construction of Lac-Alfred commenced in June 2011, and the project reached commercial operation in two phases: Phase 1 (150 MW) in January and Phase 2 (150 MW) in August. In total, EDF EN Canada says it will develop and build 1,003.2 MW through seven wind energy projects awarded to EDF EN Canada through Hydro-Quebec calls for tenders. This project represents one of four wind projects jointly owned by EDF EN Canada and Enbridge and the partnership's third to be placed into service.
With an investment of about C$700 million, the project created more than 350 jobs during the peak construction phase and around 15 permanent operation and maintenance jobs, according to the companies.
"The successful completion of Lac-Alfred, ahead of schedule, is the result of local community and municipality support, combined with the efforts of Enbridge, EDF EN Canada and our partners over the past two years," said Enbridge's Don Thompson. "With all 300 megawatts of Lac-Alfred now online, more than one-third of Enbridge's total wind power capacity is now in Quebec. This reflects our view of Quebec as an attractive place to do business, and we continue to investigate opportunities to expand our investments in the province."
Lac-Alfred consists of 150 wind turbines supplied by REpower, with a portion of the equipment procured from the designated region of Gaspesie-Bas-Saint-Laurent.
"We are pleased to be part of the dedication of Lac-Alfred today, which is the biggest wind farm in Quebec to date," saidÂ Helmut Herold, CEO ofÂ REpower Systems Inc. "Together with EDF EN Canada, REpower has installed 530 MW in Quebec within a very short timeframe."