NaiKun Wind Energy Group's offshore wind energy project has been granted a federal screening decision, confirming that Canada's first offshore wind project can be constructed with no significant environmental, social or health effects, according to the company.
The decision states that the NaiKun wind project meets the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and successfully concludes the harmonized environmental assessment review process. Responsible federal agencies are now authorized to issue the required construction and operating permits, including a Navigable Water Protection Act approval and Fisheries Act authorization.
The project is proposed for the Hecate Strait, off the northwest coast of British Columbia, and will include up to 110 turbines.
The project is expected to result in at least 500 direct jobs during construction and 50 permanent jobs for maintenance and operations, and over C$400 million in direct expenditures in the province during construction, of which at least C$250 million will benefit North Coast communities.
The project is at an advanced stage of development, with agreements in place with key suppliers and First Nations, and is now in a position to begin construction within two years of receiving an power purchase agreement.
SOURCE: NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc.