EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has started the construction phase of the 74 MW Mont-Rothery wind project, located on public lands near the regional municipal county of Haute Gaspesie, Quebec.
According to EDF EN Canada, the wind farm will be powered by 37 Senvion turbines and is expected to be placed into service at the end of 2015. Construction Energie Renouvelable has been selected as the contractor to implement the project.
‘EDF EN Canada welcomes the decree authorizing the construction and operation of the Mont-Rothery Wind Project and offers a sincere thanks to the government of Quebec for its permission to proceed with this project,’ says Al Kurzenhauser, EDF EN Canada's chief operating officer. ‘With an investment of close to C$175 million, the project will create about 150 jobs during the construction phase and seven permanent operation and maintenance jobs. We are proud to start this project and [are] especially grateful to all of the stakeholders who contributed to achieving this milestone.’
Mont-Rothery represents the final project of the seven awarded to EDF EN Canada in 2008 and 2010 through Hydro-Quebec Distribution's call for tenders to commence construction. The company portfolio of projects represents 1 GW in Quebec. By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have placed into service nearly 1.4 GW of wind and solar in Canada and created employment opportunities for over 1,500 people in the development and construction phase.