International Power Canada Inc. has announced that it is preparing for construction on the Cape Scott wind farm, a 99 MW project located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Site assessment at the project – formerly named Knob Hill prior to International Power's purchase of the project from Sea Breeze Power Corp. in June – is under way, and civil construction work – such as road ways and infrastructure – is projected to begin in October upon final environmental permitting.
The project will provide all of its power to BC Hydro under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
With a total investment of more than C$300 million, the project will consist of 55 Vestas V100 1.8 MW turbines and occupy a total footprint of 864 acres of island bog landscape outside of Cape Scott National Park. The company's first initiative in the province, the project is expected to achieve commercial operation in spring 2013.
The project is expected to create 150 jobs during the peak period of construction and 12 permanent operations and maintenance positions after completion, according to the company.