TransAlta Corp. will be expanding its wind portfolio in Quebec by moving ahead with construction of the 66 MW New Richmond wind project located on the Gaspe Peninsula. The cost of the project is estimated at about C$205 million.
New Richmond is contracted under a long-term 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec Distribution. TransAlta is working with ENERCON for the supply and installation of 33 E82 wind turbines and construction of the associated infrastructure. Commercial operations are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2012.
TransAlta plans to begin pre-construction work in April and will begin pursuing the necessary certificates of approval from various provincial ministries.
TransAlta currently operates one wind facility in Quebec, the 99 MW Le Nordais wind facility, also located on the Gaspe Peninsula.
SOURCE: TransAlta Corp.