A Flagship project: Senvion Wins 150 Megawatt Contract for First Nations Wind Farm in Quebec
In late October, Senvion signed a contract for the delivery of its 3.2M114 Cold Climate Version type turbines to the 150 Megawatt Mesgi'g Ugju's'n (MU) wind farm in Quebec, Canada. The MU wind project is owned and developed in a 50-50 partnership between the three Mi’gmaq First Nations communities of Quebec and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
It is the biggest wind farm project with First Nations participation in Quebec to date, and for the Mi’gmaq communities, the partnership with Innergex is the first agreement undertaken with an energy company. According to the Migmawei Mawiomi Business Corporation (MMBC), the project’s mandate is to enable the Mi’gmaq communities full participation in the local development of wind power and will generate profits of approximately 150 million for the Mi’gmaq over a 20 year period. It is also the first time Senvion will be installing the 3.2M114, equipped with a hot-air de-icing system, on North American soil. The Senvion 3.2M114 turbines, each with a rated power of 3.2 MW, a hub height of 100 meters and a rotor diameter of 114 meters, are expected to produce enough electricity to power about 94,000 homes.
The project was awarded a power purchase agreement in March 2014 and is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2016. At the occasion of the contract signature, Andreas Nauen, CEO of Senvion SE, commented: “We are delighted to deliver our turbines for this flagship project with the First Nations. Big wind farms like MU highlight the importance of the renewable sector for the country.” Furthermore, Helmut Herold, CEO North America at Senvion Canada Inc., said: “I am happy that, once again, Innergex has put its trust in us. I am convinced that our flexibility and our persistence but also our stellar performance at the Viger-Denonville community wind farm have paid off. We have experienced local teams here in Quebec which makes me confident that the project realization will work very smoothly.”
As the company enters its sixth year of operation in Canada, Senvion is proud to be considered the manufacturer of choice for projects that ensure community participation in the local development of wind energy.