With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S’ company announcement No. 20/2016 of 31 May 2016, Parc éolien Nicolas-Riou S.E.C., a limited partnership owner at 50% by EDF EN Canada Inc, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and at 50% by the community partners Énergie Éolienne Bas-Saint-Laurent (ÉÉBSL) and the Régie intermunicipale de l’énergie Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (RIEGÎM), has placed a firm and unconditional order for 65 V117-3.45 MW turbines, to be deployed at the Nicolas Riou wind project in Québec, Canada. When complete, this order will take the installed capacity of V117-3.3/3.45 MW turbines globally across the 800 MW mark.
The order comprises supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a 10-year Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 service agreement, which is a full-scope service package to maximize uptime, performance and energy production.
Turbine delivery is expected to begin in Q2 2017 with final commissioning scheduled for Q4 2017.
“We are pleased to build on our long-standing global relationship and to add to our over 2 GW of Vestas turbine orders throughout North America,”,” said Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, EDF EN North America. “Our first implementation in the country with Vestas, the 2014 Blackspring Ridge project in Alberta, was marked by an exemplary team applying stringent safety standards as well as flexibility to meet the project’s construction demands. We look forward to another successful experience bringing Nicolas-Riou to completion.”
Vestas has deployed nearly 2,800 MW of turbines across all 10 Canadian provinces.
“We are very proud to build on our footprint in Canada and introduce our 3 MW platform to the Canadian market,” says Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “This project will be the first V117-3.45 MW turbines in Canada, where the combination of a robust design and a large rotor make this turbine an outstanding choice to minimize the cost of energy throughout the life of the project. We’re happy to add this latest agreement to our strong strategic relationship with EDF EN Canada.”
Vestas most recently partnered with EDF EN Canada on the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project in Alberta, comprising 166 V100-1.8 MW turbines.
The Nicolas-Riou wind farm project is the largest 50/50 community project in Canada.
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